An urgent plea is going out to all Queensland motorists in the lead up to this year’s Queensland Road Safety Week.
With the road toll siting at 166 lives lost so far on our roads this year, that’s 14 more than this time last year – we are being urged consider the risks of unsafe driving every time we got behind the wheel.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey:
“We are preparing for our fourth annual Queensland Road Safety Week next week, but driving safely is a year-round responsibility for all motorists,” Mr Bailey said.
“Last year, distraction, drink driving and riding, fatigue, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt were a factor in 56% of road deaths. These, more than any other road deaths, are preventable and unnecessary.
“In total, 247 people were tragically killed and 6450 people were hospitalised in 2017 – many with life-altering injuries.
“We all need to take responsibility for our behaviour on the roads and one simple way to reduce trauma is to start by following the road rules.
“Imagine how much safer it would be if everyone obeyed the speed limit, didn’t race through orange or red traffic lights and put their phones out of reach. This is entirely achievable, but up to each individual to do the right thing.
To make a pledge, download a Speak Up for Road Safety Facebook filter and make your pledge using the #SpeakUpSelfie hashtag.
You can also share your stories or life-saving tips on social media by using #SpeakUpForRoadSafety or #QRSW2018 hashtags.
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