Horror week on CQ roads

RACQ has urged motorists to take extra care on regional highways this National Road Safety Week, after three lives were lost on central Queensland roads in just seven days.

ABC Radio North Queensland reported two men were killed in a crash on the Peak Downs Highway near Moranbah on Wednesday while a 23-year-old man died last Friday when his car collided head-on with a truck near Bloomsbury.

Club spokesperson Clare Hunter said the State’s road toll was now at 238, which was 40 more deaths than this time last year and now exceeded the total number of deaths for last year.

“While any life lost is devastating, to have three people killed in central Queensland in the space of a week is truly horrific,” Ms Hunter said.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, we all need to make the commitment to being safe on the roads every time we drive.

“Please slow down, pay attention and never take an unnecessary risks behind the wheel.”

Ms Hunter said 75 percent of crashes on regional roads were run-off road, head-on and intersection crashes.

“Regional roads carry different risks. Motorists need to make sure they’re overtaking safely, driving to conditions and always getting enough rest before their journey,” she said.

“Fatigue can also sneak up on you, even on a journey you take every day.

“With National Road Safety Week underway and Christmas just around the corner it’s a timely reminder to take extra care on our roads and commit to driving safely every time you get behind the wheel.”