Focus on vulnerable road users in Qld road safety action plan welcome

24 August 2015
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have today welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of a dedicated road safety action plan, in particular the plan’s focus on addressing rising fatalities amongst the State’s vulnerable road users.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Andrew McKenzie said fatalities relating to Queensland vulnerable road users – namely younger drivers and motorcyclists – continued to increase and today’s plan aimed at reducing fatalities and improving road and road user safety was welcome.

“Already this year there have been 152 fatalities caused as a result of road crashes in Queensland, including 38 motorcycle or rider fatalities,” Mr McKenzie said.

“Given these statistics it is evident that we need to continue to step up efforts to address road safety in Queensland, and the release of today’s action plan is a welcome step in that process.

“In particular we welcome the focus on younger drivers, who are often highly represented in road accident statistics, and the focus on motorcyclists, including efforts to reform licensing and training courses.

“Another important initiative announced in today’s action plan is a commitment to work towards a 2020 target of 85% of Queensland roads achieving a three star or better AusRAP rating, and we welcome this investment in road infrastructure to improve safety.

“In addition to this we also welcome initiatives announced to combat distracted drivers and poor driver behaviour, including the continuation of installing flashing lights in 200 risk-assessed school zones and also the introduction of double demerit points for two or more mobile phone offences committed while driving.

“Improving road safety is something all road users need to take seriously, and we hope that with the announcement of these further measures that this message will continue to be reinforced with road users right across the State,” he said.  

The Queensland Road Safety Action Plan is available here: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Road-safety/Strategy-and-action-plans.aspx