Queensland has recorded another day of no new coronavirus cases, keeping the state’s total at 1067.
There are now just two cases of COVID-19 still active across the whole state, with one of those here on the Gold Coast.
It comes as Queensland families are today being urged to take extra care on the roads over the school holidays, following a shocking increase in road fatalities.
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To date, 117 lives have been lost this year, which is 20 more than the same period last year.
Five of those deaths have been in the past 48 hours alone.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says its a troubling statistic and is pleading for drivers to take responsibility as soon as they get into the car.
“Worryingly, the data shows more lives have been lost on our roads so far this year compared to 2019, so I’m pleading with drivers to pay particular attention to any changed traffic conditions and keep an eye out for roadworks,” Minister Bailey said.
“We’ve made huge strides combating COVID-19, we can’t afford to see that translate into deaths on our roads,” he continued.
To coincide with the school holidays, the State Government has also launched a #KeepSafeThisRoadTrip campaign.
“We know the vast majority of fatalities on our roads are because of the fatal five: speed, fatigue, seat belt use, driver distraction, and drink and drug driving,” Mr Bailey said.
“No body wants to see a loss of life and what we’re seeing in Queensland, it’s been a very bad year on our roads, so lets make the rest of these school holidays fatality free.”