Don’t let the road toll soar this school holidays: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has issued a serious safety warning to motorists making the most of eased travel restrictions these school holidays, as Queensland’s death toll exceeded 111 just days away from the half-yearly mark.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club expected the roads to be especially busy this afternoon as many Queenslanders travelled away for the winter break. 

“During the last school holiday period we were in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown and traffic volumes down by 40 percent, but sadly the State’s road toll soared,” Ms Ritchie said.  

“We’re now just days away from the halfway point in the year and already 111 motorists have died on Queensland roads, compared to 97 in 2019. We are seeing a very worrying trend emerging. 

“These statistics are really devastating. Many more have been seriously injured in crashes and might have to live with those injuries for the rest of their lives. 

“We can’t afford to have any more lives lost on our roads and we all need to commit to doing better ahead of the school holidays.”

Ms Ritchie pleaded with motorists to drive at safe speeds and not to take any risks. 

“No matter where you’re travelling in Queensland during the school holidays, safety needs to be your number one priority. Crashes are almost always preventable,” she said. 

“We have seen some shocking car and motorbike crashes across the State in recent weeks, it’s not just a problem between Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. 

“Please stick to the speed limit, don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, wear your seatbelt and avoid all distractions. It’s also critical you plan regular breaks to avoid fatigue. 

“If you’re running late or being slowed down by traffic, don’t let your frustration get to you and make a decision you might regret. Reaching your destination safely is the most important thing.”