The Road Ahead : October 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 11 FEATURE | COMMUNITY IMAGE: SAFER CARS -- ANCAP CRASH TESTING, WHICH RACQ SUPPORTS (ANCAP). *FIGURE CORRECT AT TIME OF PUBLICATION. OCT/NOV 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD WITH THE STATE'S death toll already at 200*-- seven above what it was this time last year -- and continuing to rise, the issue of road safety has never been more important. For more than 100 years, the RACQ has been trying to keep motorists safe. The Club's mantra is simple -- safer drivers, in safer cars, on safer roads. "Our advocacy on behalf of motorists began in 1905 with the focus on safer -- or, in fact, any -- roads for Queensland's pioneer drivers," RACQ Advocacy executive general manager Paul Turner said. "Achieving the government funding necessary to curb the road toll remains a major focus today, with our national highways among the worst in Australia. "We've also put a lot of effort into safer cars, with standard new vehicle features such as electronic stability control, a direct result of the motoring club's lobbying. "And in terms of safer drivers, RACQ has developed a multitude of programs designed to educate Queenslanders about road safety." But how safe a car is on the road also depends on the person in the driver's seat. "We need motorists to be part of the solution," Mr Turner said. "The fatal five -- speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and distraction -- which are the main causes of fatalities and serious injuries, all come down to driver behaviour." safer drivers, in safer cars, on safer roads THERE ARE MORE THAN THREE MILLION LICENSED DRIVERS IN QUEENSLAND. THAT'S MORE THAN THREE MILLION REASONS WHY THE RACQ TAKES ROAD SAFETY SO SERIOUSLY. STORY DEB ECCLESTON The fatal five -- speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and distraction... RACQ AND ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM RACQ GROUP CEO, IAN GILLESPIE I THINK OF the daily efforts we make on behalf of our members to try and save lives on our roads, from Streets Ahead and Years Ahead programs for children and our older members, to YouTube videos on the fatal five, to lobbying government for better roads and safer cars. I also think of the brilliant organisations we sponsor, from the rescue helicopter providers, to the P.A.R.T.Y program and Docudrama. I personally witnessed the power of the P.A.R.T.Y program, which the State Government has also agreed to financially support over the next three years, when I attended one of their moving sessions at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. To see those teenagers exposed to the results of making poor decisions and how it impacts on their families and friends was a genuinely moving experience. I also believe we must all take responsibility for the parlous state of our highways across Queensland, and in particular the Bruce and the Warrego. I can promise each and every one of you that we will continue to fight for funding to make them a minimum three star safety rating and save hundreds of lives in the years ahead.