Road toll stands at 16 more than same time last year

THE Queensland Police Service is warning of a horror year on Queensland's roads as the road toll continues to climb. 

As at midnight on March 13, the toll stood at 65 deaths, which  is 16 more than for the same time last year.

Frightening it is also 21 higher than for the same time in 2010, the year in which the least number of people were killed on our roads since accurate counting of road deaths began in 1952.

Acting Chief Superintendent Morrow from the State Traffic Support Branch, providing preliminary details of fatalities this year so far, cautioned that investigations are ongoing and some details, particularly around cause, may change.

He said that of the 65 fatalities, police suspect that a combination of alcohol and speed played a large part in least 19 of the deaths. 

Eight people killed appeared not to have been wearing a seatbelt. 

Sixteen people were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in, or the vehicle that collided with them, lost control. 

A further six people were killed when drivers attempted to drive on flooded roads.

Acting Chief Superintendent Morrow said that of the 65 people killed on the road this year three were children under nine, the oldest person was 90, with the average age being 38. 

Motorcycle riders accounted for 12 of the fatalities.

"As a community, we should be horrified by these statistics," Acting Chief Superintendent Morrow said.

"Close to one person every day has been killed on our roads so far this year, and hundreds have been injured."

Chief Superintendent Morrow added that with the first quarter of 2013 almost gone and no sign of the road toll abating, police will continue to spend considerable time and resources on road safety including a series of upcoming traffic operations. 

These operations will target driver behaviour, particularly the fatal five causes of road death and injury: speeding, drink driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and distracted driving.

Philip’s unconventional royal romance

Premium Content Philip’s unconventional royal romance

Prince Philip’s rather unconventional romance blossomed into love

Philip’s deep bond with Australia

Premium Content Philip’s deep bond with Australia

Prince Philip visited Australia an astonishing 35 times.

Traffic diverted after girl trapped in highway crash

Premium Content Traffic diverted after girl trapped in highway crash

A teenage girl was trapped in wreckage following a Warrego Hwy crash