Let’s keep the road toll down

As Queensland started 2019 with its lowest road toll in at least a decade, the State’s peak motoring body has urged motorists not to become complacent behind the wheel.

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The Courier Mail reported 26 people had died on Queensland roads in January and February this year, which was the lowest count to start a year since 2009.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said while it was a positive step forward, there were still 26 families left to grieve the loss of loved ones.

“Any reduction compared to the previous year is always a very good starting point and if there’s a further reduction compared to the rolling five year average, that’s another positive,” Mr Spalding said.

“Keeping it in perspective these are very early numbers for the year and sadly they can easily move around and cost Queenslanders their lives.”

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Mr Spalding said it was important drivers remained vigilant to ensure no more people were killed.

“It’s about reminding yourself that fellow human beings who might not see the end of the day simply because they’re on the road trying to get to or from somewhere,” he said.

“Every life lost on our roads is tragic and affects friends, family and the community. To those people a fatality is a person and not a number.

“We need to do everything we can to prevent people being killed in road crashes.”