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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Road safety reminder for all Queenslanders this New Year

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Monday, January 01, 2018

    Road safety reminder for all Queenslanders this New Year

    Queenslanders are being asked to start 2018 safely by driving carefully to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey pleaded with motorists to take care following an horrific start to the holiday season.

    “Sadly – and inexcusably – some people are still ignoring the dangers of the fatal five driving behaviours,” Mr Bailey said.

    “There were 248 people who died on Queensland roads in 2017, compared to 251 in 2016.

    “Every one of these deaths is one too many and causes unimaginable trauma and heartache,” he said.

    “So many of these crashes are avoidable – we can all do our bit to prevent injuries and deaths on our roads by abiding rules and driving to conditions.

    “We want to reduce the road toll as much as possible this year, but we can’t do it alone.

    “I urge drivers to stick to the speed limit at all times, ensure everyone has their seatbelts on and not to drive distracted, tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

    Mr Bailey encouraged drivers to be patient and considerate to ensure everyone reached their destinations safely these holidays.

    “Speeding will not be tolerated,” he said.

    “It isn’t worth the risk.

    “The laws of physics are irrefutable: the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop.

    “Travelling just 5 km/h over the speed limit doubles your risk of being involved in a crash.”

    Mr Bailey encouraged people to plan their trips and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue on long journeys.

    He also called on those having a few drinks to have a Plan B to get home, so they didn’t risk causing a tragic life-changing crash or losing their licence.

    “Drink driving contributed to a quarter of Queensland’s road toll this year,” Mr Bailey said.

    Police Minister Mark Ryan said that driving after drinking or using drugs is not only illegal, it is incomprehensible and can have life-changing consequences.

    “Police are increasing enforcement to help keep these dangerous drivers off our roads but every one of us has a responsibility to do the right thing,” Mr Ryan said.

    “All too often, innocent people who are doing the right thing are impacted by another person’s poor choice – this is not acceptable.

    “If you’re drinking, don’t drive”. 

    “If we all do our bit, we can help make the rest of the holiday season safe and happy.”


    Media contact:

    Minister Bailey – Chris Vernon, 0416 800 004

    Minister Ryan – Mark Calleja, 0413 754 289