RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the Club’s helicopter network had responded to a distressing number of motor vehicle crashes in 2018.
“We still have a few weeks left of the year, and RACQ CQ Rescue has already attended 42 incidents involving motor vehicles in the region, which is four more than the whole of last year,” Ms Hunter said.
“Given the Christmas and New Year period’s such a high-risk time on the road, we’re worried we’ll see a spike in incidents, so we’re asking everyone to drive to survive.
“Before you hit the road, plan your trip carefully. Make sure you get enough sleep, have a break every two hours, buckle up, put away distractions like phones, and don’t be tempted to speed or get behind the wheel if you’ve had a few drinks.”
RACQ CQ Rescue pilot Owen Maitland said with heavy rain predicted this week, the Mackay-based rescue helicopter service urged motorists to be cautious on wet roads and to remember, ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’.
“Road conditions can deteriorate quickly in wet weather so we encourage those travelling this Christmas to be prepared and take the necessary precautions which will limit the chances of them being involved in an accident,” Mr Maitland said.
“Drivers should be checking road conditions and road closures and should ensure their vehicles are adequately maintained for travel.
“While we love our job serving this community, we definitely don’t want to meet you or your loved ones at a crash this Christmas.”