Year on the road in numbers
IN 2018, 161 drivers and passengers, 44 motorcyclists, six cyclists and 35 pedestrians were killed on our Queensland roads.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said motorists should remember the Fatal Five.
“Remember, the only way to get on to the fatal five list is by a driving behaviour that is known to kill,” he said.
One in five fatalities involved a drink driver or rider.
Being distracted by using a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of a crash by four times.
A speeding driver or rider was involved in one-fifth of reported fatalities and 27 per cent of all fatalities involved a person who failed to wear a seatbelt properly.
Fatigue continued to be a killer with around 15 per cent of fatal crashes involving a tired driver or rider.
Police officers started the new year by continuing to target high risk road users.
They charged a total of 61 drivers with drink driving and 78 drivers returned positive roadside drug testing results across the state on the last day of the year.
Police reported that 29 people were injured across the state in traffic crashes on December 31 and more than 2800 speeding motorists were detected.