National Road Safety Week marred by tragedy

The State’s peak motoring body has pleaded with Queenslanders to take care on the roads following a number of shocking deaths during National Road Safety Week.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said four families had been ripped apart in crashes over the last week.

“A death on our roads at any time is tragic, and to hear this during National Road Safety Week, is truly devastating – these families are now left mourning their loved ones,” Mr Spalding said.

“Most crashes are avoidable, so we’re asking drivers to think carefully every time they get behind the wheel to make sure they and every other road user returns home safely.

“That means not driving if you’re tired, distracted or impacted by drugs or alcohol, making sure everyone has a seatbelt and sticking to the speed limit.”

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Mr Spalding urged road users to also spare a thought for the emergency service workers and roadside crews who were often first responders to road crashes.

“These men and women are often trying to help motorists on the side of high-speed busy highways, and we know they’re already exposed to huge risks on the road,” he said.

“When you see a roadside incident worker, whether they’re police, paramedics, fire crews or our RACQ team, help keep them safe and give them space by moving over and slowing down.

“We’re asking everyone, all year round to consider the National Road Safety Week theme and drive so others survive.”