Road crashes number one killer of children and young adults

RACQ has pleaded with all motorists to take extra care on the roads, after a new report found road injuries were the leading cause of death for children and young adults.

The World Health Organisation’s latest Global Status Report on Road Safety revealed road crashes were the number one killer for people aged 5-29 around the world, and the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages.

As thousands of Queensland families prepared to head off for Christmas holidays, RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the figures were a stark reminder of the dangers on the roads.

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“A child’s safety is always at the forefront of a parent’s mind and when you’re on the roads, it shouldn’t be any different,” Ms Hunter said.

“Every life lost on our roads is heartbreaking and has a devastating ripple effect on the victim’s immediate and extended family and also the community.

“Car crashes can also result in serious injuries, requiring painstaking rehabilitation, and leaving physical, mental and financial scars.”

Ms Hunter urged all drivers to do the right thing every time they took to the wheel and to consider the impact they may have on other families if they didn’t.

“Drivers should remember the Fatal 5. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’re on drugs or drunk, if you’re distracted, tired or speeding, and please wear your seatbelt,” she said.

“None of that is worth the risk of not being able to spend the holiday period with your family, or taking that right from somebody else.”