Don’t become a road toll statistic this Fatality Free Friday



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Today is Fatality Free Friday and motorists are urged to take road safety seriously as part of a national road safety campaign.

The aim of the day is not to have a single road death in Australia for just one day.

Every six seconds someone is killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads.

Every year, around 1200 people are killed on Australian roads.

Queensland’s current road toll is 88, up by 11 on the same time last year despite strict stay at home restrictions in place in recent months due to COVID-19. 

Queensland Police said they we should have seen a reduction in the road toll with restrictions in place but believe motorists are becoming complacent and not being mindful of their driving habits.

Police urge motorists to remember the road rules in Queensland have not changed in any way and motorists exceeding the speed limit or driving whilst impaired by liquor or drugs can expect to see enforcement action taken by police.

Police are still proactively patrolling road networks and our fixed and mobile cameras are still active to ensure motorists are obeying the road rules.

RACQ spokesperson, Lauren Ritchie, said as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease and roads become busier, motorists need to remember the Fatal Five and ensure they were up to the task of driving.

“Queenslanders can now travel 150kms from home or 500kms in outback areas, and we’re seeing the roads becoming busier as more people return to school and the office,” she said.

“Which is why we’re pleading with everyone to take the responsibility of driving seriously. Most crashes are preventable, so we need to drive like every day is Fatality Free Friday.

“When you get behind the wheel put away distractions like your mobile phone, make sure everyone is buckled up and don’t speed or drive if you’re tired or affected by drugs or alcohol.

“The road toll is not just a number, every life lost on our roads is a tragedy and leaves behind a shattered family, friends and community.”

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