A deadly reminder

Australia's 2018 road toll revealed.

Overall, 2018 proved to be one of Australia’s safest years in terms of car crashes, with 12% fewer deaths recorded across the country’s roads.

While the decrease was a welcome relief to police, the fact that 1220 families are mourning lost loved ones shows work still needs to be done in the road safety space.

Roads in New South Wales proved to be the most dangerous with 354 deaths, followed by Queensland (246) and Victoria (214).

On a positive note, all three of the above states recorded drops in road fatalities from 2017-18, with Victoria having 45 fewer deaths, New South Wales 35 and Queensland one.

Australian Road Toll

  • New South Wales - 354
  • Queensland - 246
  • Victoria - 214
  • Western Australia - 158
  • South Australia - 80
  • Northern Territory - 50
  • Tasmania - 33
  • Australian Capital Territory - 9

Queensland

Of the 246 deaths on Queensland roads in 2018, 161 were drivers and passengers, 44 motorcyclists, six cyclists and 35 pedestrians.

Roads in the central region were the deadliest with 79 deaths, followed by the southern region (60), northern region (43), Brisbane (27) and south-eastern region (24).

The fatal five again played a major role in road toll, with one in five fatalities involving a drunk driver or rider and one in five fatalities caused by speeding. Alarmingly, 27% of all fatalities involved an unrestrained person, 15% involved a fatigued driver or rider and it was mobile phone usage made it four times more likely for drivers to be involved in a crash.

Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Command Mike Keating said the festive period continued to be the most dangerous time of year to be on Queensland roads.

"When we published our figures on Christmas day the total was 237; when we published our figures on New Year's Day it was 246," Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said drivers needed to do all they could to avoid another tragedy.

“There were 246 families with empty chairs at their tables this Christmas and we don’t want to lose anyone else to a senseless road crash,” Ms Ross said.

“Every life lost on our roads is tragic and affects friends, family and the community.

“We need to do everything we can to try and lower the number of people killed by road crashes.”