Motorists warned ahead of ‘high-risk’ long weekend

Queenslanders are being urged to take their safety seriously on the roads, ahead of the Peoples’ Long Weekend this weekend.

The RACQ has issued the warning, after an already deadly year across the state.

Three day weekends are typically a high-risk time for crashes and fatalities, due to more people hitting the road to explore.


RACQ Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie says traffic is expected to build across the southeast from this afternoon.

“We know plenty of Queenslanders will be travelling locally, as the borders are closed to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.

“We expect to see heavy traffic on the major roads heading north and south from Brisbane starting this afternoon, so we need to plan ahead and pack our patience,” Ms Ritchie said.

Despite the reduced traffic throughout 2020, this year’s road death toll is already a lot higher than this time last year.

It now sits at 149, compared to 124 12 months ago.

“Sadly, Queensland is the only State in Australia that hasn’t seen its road toll decrease this year compared with the same period last year,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Despite there being less traffic on the roads due to coronavirus travel restrictions we’ve seen more cases of incredibly dangerous driver behaviour.”

The RACQ is warning motorists in particular to avoid taking unnecessary risks, set their phones to Do Not Disturb, plan regular driving breaks and get a good night’s sleep before a long drive.