State Budget must deliver on road safety for Wide Bay

The State’s peak motoring body has urged the Palaszczuk Government to prioritise road safety and fast-track local infrastructure projects in next week’s Budget.
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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 police region alone, which includes Wide Bay, 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. Wide Bay locals deserve to have good quality roads, that are well policed, to prevent further serious and fatal injuries.”

Ms Furze encouraged the Government to commit to upgrades to local major roads.

“We need the State Government to deliver significant investment in improving the safety, accessibility and condition of our regional roads, so Queenslanders don’t have to wait any longer for much-needed transport upgrades,” she said.

“In addition to accelerating Bruce Highway upgrades, we want to see safety and flood immunity works along the Burnett Highway and the D’Aguilar Highway as well as safety upgrades to reduce road trauma on other vital corridors such as the Isis Highway, Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road, Bundaberg-Miriam Vale Road and Goodwood Road. 

“There’s also a prime opportunity for this 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 roads including the Wide Bay Highway, Bunya Highway, Tin Can Bay Road, Maryborough Hervey Bay Road, Gympie Brooloo Road and Gympie Woolooga 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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