Each year, one day is set aside to symbolise the need to curb Queensland’s road toll. It’s called Fatality Free Friday and today, hundreds of people pledged to make our roads safer, all year round.
Kinshu Jain reports.
In King George Square Queenslanders were invited to add their signature to support the Fatality Free Campaign.
So far this year 90 people have died on Queensland’s roads.
A variety of sponsors are now actively involved in helping publicise today’s road safety message.
It’s 10 years since the first Fatality Free Friday and yet Friday remains the deadliest.
This year’s campaign aims at spreading awareness on driving drug-free.
Kevin Nicol, Australian Road Safety Foundation: “Eleven per cent of people between eighteen and twenty-five, eleven per cent, quite freely advised that they’ve taken drugs and driven at the same time so just like drunk driving is a problem, drug driving is an issue as well.”
But the Foundation maintains drivers are ignoring other laws.
Approximately 25 to 40 people die each year and 250 are hospitalised from road crashes as a result of not wearing a seat belt.
Lauren Ritchie, RACQ: “Ninety per cent of all road crashes in Queensland is due to human era. So that means people are either taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel or they are breaking the road rules.”
Motorists are reminded to be aware of the fatal five: driving under the influence, speeding, not wearing seat belts, distraction and fatigue.
Kinshu Jain, QUT News.