RACQ Head of Public Policy Susan Furze said given Queensland’s horrific road toll it was vital the Government acted to better protect drivers by accelerating road upgrades and increasing visible police presence.
“Sadly, we’re on track for one of the worst years for road deaths with 41 people killed in the Central Queensland police region, which includes the Sunshine Coast, since 1 January,” Ms Furze said.
“Our members tell us a visible on road police presence is the most effective way to change driver behaviour and acts as a reminder of the Fatal Five.
“Safer roads also lead to fewer crashes and Sunshine Coast locals deserve to have good quality roads, that are well policed, to prevent further serious and fatal injuries.”
Ms Furze encouraged the Government to fast-track business cases and investment for local major projects, including those with Federal funding allocations.
“We need the State Government to deliver its share of the money to improve safety, accessibility and the condition of our regional roads, so Queenslanders don’t have to wait any longer for much-needed transport upgrades,” she said.
“In particular, we want funding allocated to the Bruce Highway six lane upgrade between Pine River and Caloundra Road, capacity and safety upgrades to the Sunshine Motorway including the Mooloolah Interchange project, the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication to be fully delivered and works started on the Oval Avenue Transport Corridor.
“There’s also a prime opportunity for the Government to take advantage of the $3 billion Federal Road Safety Program to fund and deliver low-cost, high-benefit upgrades to other high-risk State roads including Steve Irwin Way, Cooroy Noosa Road, Eumundi Noosa Road, Kin Kin Road, Landsborough Maleny Road, Nambour Bli Bli Road and Yandina Coolum Road.
“Queenslanders expect all levels of Government to work together and get the job done.”
RACQ’s full priority transport projects could be found here.
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