Slow down and drive safely.
That’s the message Queenslanders are being urged to keep front of mind after a tragic week on the state’s roads.
Health Minister and Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Steven Miles today pushed the message on behalf of first responders after nine people lost their lives on Queensland roads last week, leaving communities reeling.
“I speak with ambos and frontline staff every day, and the message is clear: the fatal five continues to be the number one cause of deaths and crashes on our roads,” Mr Miles said.
“We added an extra $205 million in this year’s state budget to bolster road safety, but it remains on motorists to play their part.
“Every time you get behind the wheel, make sure you’re not tired, that you stick to the speed limit, haven’t been drinking or taking drugs, buckle up and put your phone away.
“While the news cycle may move on, it’s the victim’s families, friends, communities and first responders who will bear the lifelong pain and trauma of losing a loved one.
“Getting to work, school, the shops or your local footy game should not come at the cost of innocent lives.”
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the awful reality of most fatalities on the roads is that they were preventable.
“Even a small car amounts to a tonne of metal that even at relatively low speeds can cause enormous amounts of trauma in a collision.
“Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle is taking on a big responsibility, which is in effect to keep themselves and other road users safe.
“I urge every driver to make good decisions,” Minister Ryan said.
Queenslanders are encouraged to head to the Street Smarts website to find out tips about how they can drive safely: https://streetsmarts.initiatives.qld.gov.au/
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey