‘We have a problem’: QLD facing highest road toll in over 10 years

 

Queensland is on track to record its highest road toll in more than a decade as Police plead with motorists to change their behaviour.

Already 174 people have lost their lives on the state’s roads this year, 19 higher than the same time last year.


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Queensland is on track to surpass 300 deaths by the end of the year.

Police admit that Queensland ‘has a problem’ and have today released a confronting video in a desperate bid to bring that road toll down.

“Too many drivers are taking risks that end in disaster,” Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said.

The video, which coincides with the start of Road Safety Week features Police, forensic crash officers, firefighters, paramedics and a trauma surgeon discussing the tragic consequences that road accidents can have.

“These videos are intentionally confronting but unfortunately, the scene depicted has been the reality for far too many Queenslanders.

“It was important for us to work with our fellow emergency services members to show the impact a crash has –  on the casualties and their families, but also the police, paramedics, firefighters and health professionals whose job is to deal with these preventable events.

“We know that most crashes are preventable – the simple act of putting on your seatbelt, slowing down or ignoring your phone can make all the difference in whether you reach your destination safely or if you end up being extracted from a vehicle by emergency services.

“We don’t see the people lost on our roads as just a number – they are people just like us, with families and loved ones. They can choose to make safer decisions behind the wheel that will prevent them from appearing in a real-life scenario very much like the crash depicted in these videos.

WARNING: The video contains scenes that some viewers may find distressing.