Cheers, here’s to a fatality free New Years

GOLD Coasters have been urged to leave their cars at home this New Year’s Eve, and take the pledge for a fatality free start to 2015.

Public transport services – buses, trains and trams – will be free from 9pm tonight until 5.30am on New Year’s Day with an additional 900 services introduced to cater for the increased demand. 

RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy Paul Turner said there was never a good excuse to drink and drive.


“We’re on track to have the lowest road toll on record this year in Queensland, and we want to keep it that way,” Mr Turner said.

“With so many alternatives available, such as taxis, public transport, and staying at a friend’s place, you’re a fool to take a chance behind the wheel.

“Leave your car at home tonight and remember when you wake up in the morning you may still be over the limit, so don’t risk driving anywhere.”

Queensland’s 2014 road toll currently stands at 223, which is 48 less than last year’s road toll and 26 below the 2010 record. 

“Our research tells us that motorists rate a visible police presence as the best prevention for misbehaviour on the roads, and there is no doubt the increased police on our roads has helped reduce the toll,” Mr Turner said.

“We also welcome the State Government’s increased efforts on road safety campaigns over the last 12 months. Every effort has helped save lives.

“This record low road toll is a magnificent result, but we should still remember that more than 200 families lost a loved one this year, and that every road crash is preventable.”