QUEENSLAND’S peak motoring body said upgrades of the Bruce and Warrego highways would be among the state’s most valuable contributions to the international Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The Decade of Action, launched around the world today, aimed to reduce the global toll of death and injury on the roads, RACQ chief executive Ian Gillespie said.
Speaking from a forum at Queensland’s Parliament House to launch the Decade of Action, Mr Gillespie said a whole-of-government approach was required to address the challenge of improving road safety.
“The Decade of Action calls upon member states to implement road safety activities, particularly in the areas of road safety management, road infrastructure, vehicle safety, road-user behaviour, road safety education and the post-crash response,” he said.
Mr Gillespie said a dedicated effort to reduce road deaths and injuries in Queensland would require Federal and State government funding over the next 10 years. He said upgrades to the major Bruce and Warrego highways taking traffic north and west of Brisbane were long overdue and urgent.
“AusRAP risk mapping shows that many sections of these highways have a high crash risk - particularly between Ipswich and Roma on the Warrego Hwy and between Caloundra and Cairns on the Bruce Hwy,” he said.
Mr Gillespie said Queensland’s road toll had fallen in line with the national trend over the past few decades, but there were still 249 deaths on the state’s roads last year.
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