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“The tragic loss of lives on Queensland’s roads over Easter should not have happened. We all need to work together to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
“This is an opportunity to lay everything out on the table. Let’s look at what works, what can work better and what steps need to be taken to curb this alarming spike in the state’s road toll.
“The forum is the first step in what will be a concerted campaign to maintain safety on Queensland’s road network.
“We want to hear from road safety experts about what may need to be implemented in the short term and any measures that may need to be implemented in the future.”
Mr Bailey said road safety was everyone’s responsibility.
“If it’s left to governments alone it will never work,” he said.
“We all need to get involved. We’re also keen to hear the views of the broader community and will take that feedback on board.
“Ultimately, our aim is to maintain safety on Queensland’s road network for all road users.
“While governments spend billions of dollars a year building and maintaining a safe and reliable road network, nothing is more important than the men, women and children who travel on our roads.”
Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller said this year’s Easter road toll was the worst since seasonal records began in 1992.
“My heart goes out to all of the families affected by what has been a tragic period on our roads,” Mrs Miller said.
“Eight people died on Queensland roads over the Easter long weekend. Eight deaths is eight too many.
“Last Easter, three people lost their lives in crashes. This year, it’s nearly triple that and the Easter period isn’t over yet.
“That’s why we want to get as many experts as possible around the table to recommend what needs to be done to help make Queensland roads safer.”
Mrs Miller said the Government wanted to develop a plan with broad-based community support and a wide range of views from different stakeholders.
“This is in line with our commitment to be a consultative government and to keep Queenslanders safe,” she said.
Mrs Miller said during the remainder of the Easter holiday period, police will be out in force targeting high risk road behaviour including the fatal five – speeding, fatigue, drink and drug driving, driver distraction and drivers not wearing seatbelts.
“Please take a moment to think about how your driving habits could impact your life and the lives of those around you,” Mrs Miller said.
The first phase of the QPS road safety campaign ended at midnight. Phase two will run from today until the end of the Easter school holidays.