Disturbing new data has shown that pedestrian fatalities across Queensland are up more than 125 percent on last year.
Department of Transport and Main Roads reveals 18 pedestrians have been killed by cars so far this year, compared to just eight at the same time last year.
That’s despite there being significantly less traffic across the state during the peak of the coronavirus shutdown.
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The RACQ is now pleading with motorists to practice patience and be extra vigilant when driving.
Spokesperson Lauren Ritchie says this data is incredibly concerning.
“While 18 might not seem like a huge number to some, we must remember we’re talking about lives here. That’s 18 families that have had to deal with the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one.
“They’re vulnerable users, and in the event of a crash, pedestrians always end up second best as they have very little protection from injury.
“It’s also up to people on foot to make sure they’re crossing the road safely, at the right time and the right location so they’re not putting themselves in a dangerous situation,” Ms Ritchie said.
The RACQ has also revealed the number of cyclists who’ve been killed in crashes across Queensland has also doubled this year.
“Four cyclists have died so far in 2020, compared to two at the same time last year,” Ms Ritchie said.
“It’s the highest toll we’ve seen at this time of the year since 2016. We all need to do better when it comes to protecting the lives of cyclists.
“When the speed limit is 60km/h or less, you must leave a gap of at least one metre when passing a cyclist and only go around when it’s safe to do so. When the speed limit is over 60km/h, the gap must be at least one and a half metres.
“Practicing some patience could save someone’s life,” she added.