Australia Day weekend tragedies

The State’s peak motoring body has issued an urgent safety warning following two deaths on Queensland roads over the Australia Day long weekend.

A paramedic was killed on Monday as he rushed to another crash near Mackay, and a motorcyclist was also killed on the Pacific Motorway at Palm Beach, on the Gold Coast.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said it was an important reminder for all motorists to take extra care when behind the wheel.

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“Every life lost on our roads is tragic and affects friends, family and communities – we need to do everything we can to try and lower the number of people killed by road crashes,” Ms Hunter said.

“The Fatal Five must be at the forefront of our minds before we set off in the car. It’s vital motorists never drive while tired or if they’re affected by drugs or alcohol and avoid distractions like mobile phones. Please, don’t speed and make sure every person in the car is wearing a seatbelt.”

Already this year 13 people have been killed on Queensland roads.