Reduced road toll: not the time to relax

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news Queensland’s road toll had improved on last year’s, but warned it was not time for drivers or governments to become complacent.

The Australian Automobile Association’s latest Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy report revealed the Sunshine State's road toll in the 12 months to 30 September 2019 was 213, compared with 252 for the same period last year. 

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said while it was positive to see such a significant reduction in the number of road deaths across the State, even one fatality was one too many.

“We just can’t afford to become complacent. Every fatality on our roads brings a lifetime of ripple effects to families and communities,” Ms Smith said.

“This sign of progress is welcome news for Queensland, but it’s still unlikely Australia will meet its target to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads as part of the National Road Safety Strategy. 

“It’s been almost nine years since these targets were set and agreed to by all governments and far too many people have been killed while we’re waiting for things to change.”

Ms Smith said the Club called on governments and motorists to do their part to help drive down the number of road fatalities.

“We all have a right to feel safe on our roads but everyone has a part to play in that,” she said.

“All levels of government need to prioritise road safety and work together to deliver the critical projects that go a long way to improving it. 

“We need to prioritise safer cars, on safer roads and ensure we’re being safer drivers if we are ever to reach zero road toll deaths.”