Road safety is everyone's business

THAT'S the key message of the North West Road Safety Alliance (NWRSA) which has brought together key agencies working towards safer roads in Queensland since 2002.

The core members are Queensland Police Service, Mount Isa Safe Community, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Mount Isa City Council, Mount Isa TAFE, Xstrata and other agencies as required.

Group spokeswoman, transport services manager Catherine White said the key achievements of the group had been the Buckle up Budda, Buckle up Sista campaign, which still continues after being introduced in 2005.

"This campaign is aimed at Indigenous people at high risk of not wearing seatbelts," Ms White said.

"Statistics show injuries in a significant number of crashes in the North West result from people not wearing seat belts."

The group had ongoing strategies to enhance the safety of children travelling to and from schools, including the School Crossing Supervisor scheme.

Another key achievement was the three Driver Reviver sites in the North West - at Fountain Springs, Julia Creek and Hughenden.

"These are all part of our Stop, Revive and Survive campaign to help tired drivers take a break," Ms White said.

The Stop, Revive and Survive campaign tied in with another key message of the alliance - Driver fatigue, wake up to the signs.

The road toll for the Northern Region, from Townsville to Birdsville and up to Mornington Island was five as of March 17.

Ms White said road safety continued to be one of the nation's most serious public issues.

"It affects everyone, whether you drive, walk or cycle," she said.