Emergency services attend to a fatal traffic crash on Lakes Creek Rd, Rockhampton.
Emergency services attend to a fatal traffic crash on Lakes Creek Rd, Rockhampton. Madeline Mcdonald

Central Queensland road toll halved in 2014

THIRTY people died on central Queensland roads this year. But it's nearly half of the tragic toll in 2013.

Transport and Main Roads data, to December 22, shows a huge drop in the number of people who died on roads across Central Queensland.

The department region covers roads in the Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay regions.

While 30 people lost their lives on roads across the region it was 56 in 2013.

The drop is the biggest in the state, the Gold Coast saw the second biggest drop in road deaths down 10 this year.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said motorists in Central Queensland were following safe driving advice.

"It's encouraging to see that the Fatal Five message is sinking in Central Queensland," she said.

"There has been a significant drop in the road toll in the area on previous years."

She said despite the good year it was important for motorists to keep driving safely - especially over the Christmas and New Year periods.

"We would want to see this trend continue especially over the high-risk (holiday) period when many of these motorists would be travelling longer distances to see family and friends," she said.

State-wide the road toll is at a five-year low at 221 - with 46 less fatal crashes than 2013.

Ms Ritchie said RACQ research showed the most dangerous time to be on the road was between 2-4pm.

"Drivers can be at risk of lapses in concentration when driving in the afternoons as fatigue sets in," she said.

"If you are taking a long trip to visit family over the holidays make sure you are resting every two hours and are not driving any longer than ten hours a day."


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