With Queensland Road Safety week having just come to an end, road safety is top of mind! Hopefully, the messages stick as with 1,295, road deaths in Australia during 2016 (an increase of 7.5 percent compared to 2015 (Source: Bitre), it’s clear that not all drivers are getting the please ‘slow down’ message, amongst others road safety message. What is encouraging, is that in 2016, total annual deaths were 19.2 percent lower than that of ten years earlier. The estimated trend over the decade was an annual reduction of 2.9 percent (Source: Bitre).
QLD Road Safety week was an opportunity for Queenslanders to “speak up for road safety” with communities, schools and workplaces supporting this initiative through local events and information sharing. By sharing personal stories, road safety tips and having the opportunity to pledge to improve road safety, a greater awareness of the sometimes devastating consequences of driving behaviours, is being achieved. Each day of the week focuses on a particular road safety issue, including the ‘Fatal Five’:
QLD Road Safety Week, 21st – 25th August 2017 focused on:
Monday 21 August: Speeding
Tuesday 22 August: Drink and drug driving
Wednesday 23 August: Distractions, seatbelts and child restraints
Thursday 24 August: Share the road, including bicycle and pedestrian safety
Friday 25 August: Fatigue
Did you know that one of the main reasons given for speeding is “running late”? Being on time should never take priority over safety.
RACQ have released alarming statistics around drink driving behaviour.
It comes down to planning – “plan not to drink and drive”. If you are planning a night out, be prepared and:
• If you plan to drink, plan to get home safely.
• Designate a driver, catch a taxi or public transport, or organise a lift.
• Stay at a mate’s place
• You can still be over the limit in the morning, so avoid driving.
Public education campaigns aim to put key road safety issues on the public agenda. via Safety campaigns (Department of Transport and Main Roads). With more public support comes greater awareness leading to change!
Queensland Road Safety Week is a Queensland Government initiative, delivered in partnership by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service. The RACQ, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), and the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) are proud supporters of the event.