Two dead every three weeks in Wide Bay

Shocking figures have revealed Wide Bay has a disturbing trend of fatalities over the last five years, prompting an urgent safety message from RACQ.

An analysis of deadly crash statistics from between 2014 and 2018, by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, found more than 166 lives were lost in Wide Bay alone.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said despite making up less than 6 percent of the State’s population, the Wide Bay region contributed to almost 14 percent of road fatalities.
“Fatal crashes bring a lifetime of devastating impacts to the friends, families and the wider community who’re left grieving,” Ms Hunter said.
“There are also the traumatic mental and physical scars for those who survive, which we cannot underestimate.
“Wide Bay has had an horrific run – two dead every three weeks – which is incomprehensible.”
Ms Hunter said while police were out in force ensuring drivers behaved on our roads, it was up to every road user to work towards a zero road toll target.
“Already this year across the State 115 people have been killed in car crashes and 31 of those were from the North Coast/Wide Bay area. We know that around 90 percent of road crashes contain some element of human error,” she said.
“We need to start being accountable for our actions behind the wheel. Every time you drive remember to buckle up, don’t drive tired, drunk or on drugs, don’t speed, and never drive distracted.”