Drivers urged to be safe after five killed on Qld roads

DRIVERS are being urged to take care on the roads after the deaths of five people in a horror weekend on Queensland roads.

Police are still hunting for two people who fled the scene of seven-vehicle crash that killed two people in the Brisbane suburb of Windsor late on Saturday.

The out of control BMW killed a moped rider, 32, and the 23-year-old driver of a Subaru. Three other people were injured, with the crash leaving a trail of wrecked vehicles.


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A motorcyclist in his 20s died at Mount Nebo, west of Brisbane, on Sunday morning when his bike left the road and hit a tree.

A 28-year-old man from Lawnton died when his car crashed on the Bruce Highway in Rosemount, about 10.40pm on Sunday.

A 37-year-old man from Weranga, was killed after losing control and smashing into a tree in Durong. A passing motorist spotted the car about 10am on Sunday.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the four tragic incidents would leave a wake of grief and loss for families, friends, colleagues and communities.

“Last year, 245 people were killed on Queensland roads – that’s 245 mums, dads, brothers, sisters and children,” Mr Bailey said.

“The ‘fatal five’ – speeding, distraction, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and not wearing a seatbelt – continue to be the major causes of death on our roads.

“I urge everyone to steer clear of the ‘fatal five’ and make our roads a safer place for everyone.

“The Palaszczuk Government is delivering more than $1.92 billion in critical road safety infrastructure upgrades over four years, but we need every Queenslander keep safety front of mind and drive so others survive.

“We recently launched our ‘Drive smarter, not faster’ campaign, which has some simple exercises you can do to avoid distractions and stop speeding.

“One different choice on the road could save your life, the life of a loved one or another.

Mr Bailey said in addition to keeping safety front of mind, he encouraged all Queenslanders to take the Fatality Free Friday pledge on May 31.

“While the focus of Fatality Free Friday is to achieve zero road deaths on just one day – the last Friday in May, the pledge remains relevant every day of the year,” Mr Bailey said.

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