Driver vigilance leads to record low road toll

GOLD Coast drivers are getting a pat on the back for playing it safe this year, with Queensland on track to have the lowest road toll on record.

The Government is attributing the good result to a combination of police enforcement and driver vigilance.

As of December 30, the 2014 road toll stands at 223, which is 48 less than last year’s road toll.


“Until this year, our lowest record benchmark was in 2010. However we are 26 below that toll currently and while any death on our road is a tragedy, all Queenslanders should be congratulated for their patience, attention, caution and observing the fatal five,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said.

“Looking back through history it is a sobering fact that the highest road toll was 638 in 1973 and while the state’s population has more than doubled since then, the road toll has more than halved,” he added.

Mr Emerson said while the state was finishing the year with a record low road toll, Queenslanders were being urged to remain vigilant on the roads as the summer holidays continue into 2015.