It’s been revealed the Gold Coast has topped the list of Queensland’s worst regions for drunk and drugged road deaths.
According to Department of Transport and Main Roads figures, the Gold Coast suffered an average of 6.2 fatalities a year over a five-year period, ahead of the Sunshine Coast’s 5.6 and Logan’s 3.8.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the figures showed drivers still weren’t getting the message about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
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“Getting behind the wheel of a car when affected by drugs whether that’s alcohol, illicit or prescription drugs is a deadly mix,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Your ability to operate a vehicle is severely compromised if you’re intoxicated. You risk not only your life and your passenger’s but every other person on the road.”
Ms Ritchie warned the Schoolies period, which officially kicks off on Saturday, was a high-risk time for deaths on our roads.
“Sadly young drivers continue to be over-represented for fatalities in Queensland,” she said.
“Schoolies is a time to celebrate the end of an era but unfortunately it’s also often a time when many teenagers make stupid decisions like getting in a car when drunk or affected by drugs, or with someone who is.
“Already more than 209 people have died in road crashes in Queensland this year, up by more than nine on the same time last year. We don’t want to see any more lives lost.”
Worst regions for alcohol/drug related on-road fatalities (2010-2014)
1) Gold Coast – average of 6.2 fatalities/year over five years
2) Sunshine Coast – average of 5.6 fatalities/year over five years
3) Logan – average of 3.8 fatalities/year over five years
4) Ipswich and Bundaberg – average 3.6 fatalities/year over five years
5) Western Downs – average three fatalities/year over five years