Each August for the last four years, joint road safety initiative of the Queensland Police Service and Department of Transport and Main Roads, in joint road safety partnership, have coordinated Queensland Road Safety Week.
Queensland Road Safety Week is an opportunity for all Queenslanders to be directly involved in making our roads safer.
Every day, road crashes devastate the lives of Queenslanders and take an enormous toll on families and communities. We need all community members to take a stand.
Throughout the week, we are highlighting different messages, which will be supported through media and local events. The five road safety topics for 2019 are:
- Regional and remote road safety
- Safer vehicles
- Driver distraction
- Heavy vehicle safety
- Vulnerable road users
We will also be focussing on seatbelts, speeding, fatigue, distraction drink and drug driving.
Here are a few facts around each of our daily topics:
50% of speeding crashes happen at just 1-10km/h over the speed limit. Despite this, many road users still speed, and it can have enormous consequences. It's even more dangerous if you're distracted and not watching the road.
Using a mobile phone when driving is as distracted as drink driving - in fact it makes you as dangerous as a drink driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08.
Checking a quick text message when driving means you are driving blind - if you take your eyes off the road for tow seconds, at 60km/h, you've travelled 33 metres blind.
From 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2019, there were 228 fatalities within Queensland.
During 2018, there were 6571 hospitalised casualties because of crashes within Queensland.
Every serious injury affects the whole community, with not only the individual suffering.
Medical facilities, family and community all suffer with a broader impact of road crashes.
Research statistics form Queensland University of Technology shows road trauma costs $70million per day. This is the same as the Defence budget.
For more information, please visit https://streetsmarts.initiatives.qld.gov.au/road-safety-week/events and learn how you can help keep our roads safe.