Drivers urged to put ‘Fatal 5’ first as road toll hits 100

As Queensland’s 2018 road toll passed 100, the State’s peak motoring body has urged motorists to keep the ‘Fatal 5’ front of mind whenever they were behind the wheel.

RIP sign, Roadside cross

In the year to Monday 11 June, 103 Queenslanders lost their lives on the State’s roads – one more than the same time in 2017.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it was an important reminder of the need for all motorists to drive to the conditions and obey the road rules.

“Every life lost on our roads is tragic and affects friends, family and communities – we need to do everything we can to try and lower the number of people killed by road crashes,” Ms Ross said.

“The ‘Fatal 5’ must be at the forefront of our minds before we consider getting behind the wheel. It’s vital motorists never drive while tired or if they’re affected by drugs or alcohol and avoid distractions like your mobile phone.

“Don’t speed and make sure every person in your car is wearing a seatbelt or suitable child restraint.”

The ‘Fatal 5’ behaviours that contribute most to death and injury on Queensland roads:

  • Speeding
  • Fatigue
  • No wearing a seatbelt
  • Drug and drink driving
  • Distractions (like a mobile phone).