Year on the road in num­bers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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