Road safety - it's in your hands


Queenslanders urged to take responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel.

RACQ road safety billboard.

An RACQ survey has revealed about a quarter of respondents have knowingly driven while tired or over the speed limit – two of the major causes of road trauma.

The survey found 25% of Queenslanders admitted to knowingly driving while tired, 23% driving over the speed limit, and 16% driving while using a mobile phone.

It also found 56% of respondents said they had accidentally driven over the speed limit and 29% had accidentally driven while tired.

Of those drivers who knowingly drove while tired, 39% continued to their destination.

Road Policing Group Acting Superintendent Stephen Donnelly said it was up to individual drivers to take responsibility for their actions on the road.

“When you get in the driver seat, your mission is to get to your destination safely,” he said.

“Focus on the driving task. Your safety and the safety of others is literally in your hands.

“We all have a role to play in road safety.”

There were 274 fatalities on Queensland roads in 2021, four fewer than the 2020 figure. However, it was 26 more than the average for the previous five years.

In support of road safety, RACQ has partnered with Bishopp Billboards to roll out more than 40 signs on some of Queensland’s deadliest roads, asking motorists to "Drive like your life depends on it".

Acting Supt Donnelly said Queensland police would continue to crack down on drivers failing to observe the Fatal Five ­– speeding, drink driving, seat belts, driver distraction and fatigue.

He said the focus was on reducing the number of fatal and serious traffic crashes.

“We want to see everyone using the roads safely and getting to their destination,” Acting Supt Donnelly said.

“Unfortunately, we know drivers will deliberately speed, not wear seat belts and drive whilst using their phones or affected by intoxicating substances."

Acting Supt Donnelly also urged drivers to show patience on the road.

“As drivers, we can all encourage better behaviour in others through our example,” he said.

“One good deed leads to another, so be calm and considerate.”

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