Road deaths

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

LATEST sta­tis­tics show there have been 147 fa­tal­i­ties from road crashes in Queens­land this year – 13 fa­tal­i­ties higher than the same pe­riod for the pre­vi­ous year. Any road death is one too many, and sadly we know from our ex­pe­ri­ence as road safety ad­vo­cates that many deaths on our roads are pre­ventable. The theme for this year’s Queens­land Road Safety Week is Speak Up for Road Safety, with the week pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for all of us to play our part in rais­ing aware­ness of road safety – in­clud­ing to start con­ver­sa­tions around these is­sues to ad­dress the road toll and to talk about the way for­ward to pre­vent deaths. Al­ready a range of ini­tia­tives are un­der­way within Queens­land in road safety, in­clud­ing a fo­cus on mo­tor­cy­cle safety, which is welcome. Sadly we know mo­tor­cy­cle fa­tal­i­ties in Queens­land re­main high – State Gov­ern­ment sta­tis­tics show there have been 36 rider fa­tal­i­ties this year, which is al­ready 11 more rider deaths than what was recorded in 2014. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, mo­tor­cy­clists re­main a highly vul­ner­a­ble road user group. We com­mend the State Gov­ern­ment for es­tab­lish­ing a ded­i­cated Queens­land Road Safety Week and urge all Queens­lan­ders to par­tic­i­pate in this so we can con­tinue to raise aware­ness of road safety across the State. PETER COOPER Mau­rice Black­burn Lawyers Ma­roochy­dore

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