Fatal Five refresh needed this Road Safety Week

Motorists have been challenged to take an honest assessment of their driving behaviours at the launch of Queensland Road Safety Week, as new research revealed nearly three quarters of drivers had admitted to speeding.

Car crash in urban street with black car

The awareness week, which would commence Monday, highlighted key road safety issues including the Fatal Five, in the hope motorists would take greater responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said it was shocking the Club’s latest research showed 72.8 percent of drivers admitted to speeding, given it was one of the leading causes of death on Queensland roads.

“Tragically, the vast majority of fatalities in Queensland are caused by human error and are avoidable – people who’re speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, distracted, are too tired or are drink driving,” Mr Turner said.

“Across the State, 166 people have died this year with thousands more seriously injured.”

Mr Turner said this year, all road users including pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and heavy vehicle drivers, would be encouraged to focus on how they could adapt their behaviour to keep themselves and others safe.

“We’re urging everyone to think about the actions they take to protect themselves and the others around them. Whether they’re in a car or on a bike, we want everyone to get home safely,” he said.

“A licence isn’t a right, it’s a privilege, so if you need to brush up on the rules, now’s the perfect time to do it.”

 

Queensland Road Safety Week daily themes

MondayPedestrians
Tuesday Motorists
WednesdayHeavy vehicles
Thursday Bicycle riders
Friday Motorcycle riders