Safety works needed for deadly D’Aguilar Highway

The State’s peak motoring body has called for urgent attention for the D’Aguilar Highway after it was revealed it had a shocking crash history, that had resulted in 14 deaths and hundreds of injuries between 2012 and 2016.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said an analysis of crash history and data from the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) showed long lengths of the highway had received a disappointing two-star safety rating, as well as a medium-high to high crash risk between Caboolture and Kingaroy.

“The D’Aguilar Highway claimed 14 lives and put 211 other people in hospital with serious injuries between 2012 and 2016,” Dr Michael said.

“Our research shows these deadly crashes happen when drivers, run off the road, crash head-on, or collide with other vehicles at intersections.”

Dr Michael said the risk could be countered with low-cost, high impact safety works.

“Simple measures like clearing roadsides, installing safety barriers and noisy lines will go a long way to reducing the risk of crashes. Additionally, if protected turning lanes are installed at intersections, more fatal and serious injuries will be prevented,” she said.

“If the Queensland and Federal governments focussed their efforts in funding small but effective road safety projects along the D’Aguilar Highway we could save many lives and prevent hundreds of serious injuries over the next 20 years.”