Stop to remember road traffic victims

RACQ has encouraged motorists to pause and reflect today, on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (19 November).

Motoring body spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was important to remember lives lost on our roads and to acknowledge the harmful ripple effect road deaths and injury created.

“Road crashes send shockwaves of emotional and psychological trauma through our communities,’’ Ms Ritchie said.

“The hardships are widely felt not just by the family, friends and co-workers of all of those who die on our roads, but emergency service crews and first responders who attend the crashes.

“Today not only provides us with an opportunity to remember those victims but also to consider how our behaviour behind the wheel impacts other road users.”

Ms Ritchie said 218 people had already lost their lives on Queensland roads in 2017.

“It’s vital motorists do the right thing every time they’re driving – be aware of the Fatal Five but also think about things like sharing the road and being courteous,” she said.

As well as loss of life, Ms Ritchie said road trauma led to financial costs related to property damage, hospitalisation and rehabilitation.

“In 2015, for example, road trauma racked up a bill of $30 billion, with a direct cost to government of $3.7 billion,” she said.

“We need to ensure we’re all doing what we can to reduce the road toll. From increasing police presence and enforcement, to governments building better infrastructure, to motorists remaining focused on the road and passengers accepting their role in safe driving, we all have a part to play.

“Safer roads, safer vehicles and safer drivers is the key to resolving the increasing road toll.”