Many Queenslanders will be looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the Easter long weekend, taking a break and perhaps visiting some of the many beautiful parts of our state.
Unfortunately, history shows Easter can be a dangerous time on our roads.
In the past month, communities across the state have lost loved ones in tragic circumstances.
The deaths of four young men on Tully Gorge Road shocked North Queensland and left many grieving over their loss.
Today, a crash in Toowoomba has claimed a life and sent two people to hospital.
Families and friends suffer, and the investigations into these terrible crashes are left to the brave emergency workers who wish each visit to one of these scenes will be their last.
The Palaszczuk Government’s target for Queensland’s road toll is zero.
It sounds ambitious, but why would we aim for anything less?
Queensland’s road toll for 2019 stands at 56, 16 less than on this day last year.
That’s something we can take some small comfort in, but one death on our roads is too many, and there is more we can ALL do to get to zero.
Speeding, distraction, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and not wearing a seatbelt continue to be the major causes of death on our roads.
Despite years of road safety and education campaigns, simple safety tips continued to be ignored by some motorists.
As we look forward to Easter, I urge every Queenslander to stay safe.
By obeying the road rules when you’re driving, walking or riding – you’re helping make our roads a safer place for everyone.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey