Why so many deadly crashes happen on rural roads
QUEENSLAND drivers believe they can get away with breaking the law on regional roads – and it is killing them.
Road death statistics show more than 70 per cent of Queensland’s road fatalities in 2018 have happened on regional roads. An analysis of Department of Transport and Main Road statistics shows of the 197 people killed on Queensland roads to October 7 this year, 143 of them have died outside Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The shocking statistic comes as Australian Road Safety Foundation research shows 38 per cent of drivers are more likely to break road rules on regional and rural roads.
ARSF CEO and founder Russell White said more than half of city drivers and 42 per cent of regional drivers said they did not think they would be caught on isolated roads.
“The research has told us that the main reason drivers are taking more risks on rural roads is because they’re less likely to get caught,” he said.
“We will continue to see this significant and unnecessary loss of life on regional roads until we make the effort to shift this mentality so that we’re driving with safety front of mind.”
Mr White said drivers needed to take ownership of reducing the road toll.
“While there are a number of factors that contribute to the regional road toll, it’s everyday Australians that hold the key to safer roads,” he said.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said crashes on regional roads often happened at high speeds.
“When crashes happen outside the southeast, they are more likely to happen at higher speeds which is inherently more dangerous,” she said.
The ARSF research showed regional drivers are more likely to drive while intoxicated, fatigued or not wear a seatbelt.