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Calls for safety commission to ensure zero road fatalities in Queensland

“The rise of technology has rapidly changed the way we drive, resulting in distracted driving that can cause deaths and serious injuries.

“We must find new ways of approaching road safety, bringing different authorities and experts to one table under the guidance of a dedicated commission.”

According to Transport and Main Roads, each person taken to hospital as a result of a road crash costs Queenslanders about half a million dollars[1].

Each serious brain injury was estimated to cost the community up to about £4.8 million, and each serious spinal injury £9.5 million.

Ms Savage said new approaches were needed to ensure high-level co-ordination of strategies across different disciplines, bringing together researchers, policy makers, public health experts, enforcement agencies and infrastructure authorities.

So far this year, there have been 64 fatalities as a result of crashes in Queensland, nine higher than the same period last year.

In the 12 months to February 28, there were 242 deaths on Queensland roads.

Ms Savage said the number of people injured and seriously hurt was unacceptable.

“For every single fatality, over 24 people are hospitalised because of road crashes,” she said.

Vulnerable road users accounted for 38 per cent of the overall road toll in 2017, with 35 pedestrians and eight riders killed in road crashes.

Ms Savage said the commission would allow greater co-ordination of efforts to combat tragedies on the roads, by bringing together key players to share knowledge and find solutions.

“All deaths and injuries on Queensland roads are avoidable – we must do more to ensure that nobody in our community has to suffer the unbearable grief and impairment caused by road crashes,” she said.

Ms Savage said Bicycle Queensland planned to discuss the proposal further with the state government following Wednesday’s hearing.

The organisation has also called for presumed liability laws, which would result in a presumption of guilt falling on a driver involved in a crash with a cyclist, unless the driver could prove their innocence.

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Felicity Caldwell

Felicity Caldwell is state political reporter at the Brisbane Times

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  1. ^ costs Queenslanders about half a million dollars (www.brisbanetimes.com.au)

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