The Road Ahead : June July 2014
news RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ racq.com free2go free2go.com.au The Road Ahead roadahead.com.au Email email@example.com facebook.com/racqofficial twitter.com/racqofficial youtube.com/racqofficial pinterest.com/racqofficial ROADSIDE HELP (24 HRS) 13 1111 TTY (impaired hearing) 3248 2074 HELP LINE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Medical, home, accident emergency advice. Motoring legal advice. MEMBERSHIP (24 HRS) 13 1905 Join, pay by phone, enquiries. INSURANCE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Enquiries, sales, alterations & payments. Insurance Claims 13 7202 OTHER RACQ SERVICES Child Safety Restraints Advice 3872 8926 or 1800 816 523 Driver Education 3361 2382 (Rec. driving schools) 1800 680 039 RACQ Loans Car & personal loans 1300 361 316 Technical Advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Community & Education 3872 8925 Road safety education Travel Services Accom. bookings (Aust.) 1800 629 501 Road conditions (recorded) 1300 130 595 (24 hrs, or see website) Travel agency bookings 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 RACQ online shop racq.com/shop Vehicle Inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 13 1905 P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127 Branch/Retail Offices racq.com or see 'RACQ' in the phone directory. ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 6 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2014 RACQ BOARD Club Patron Penelope Wensley, AC, Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Geoff Leddy Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Nigel Alexander Directors Fay Barker, Campbell Charlton, Tony Gambling, Elizabeth Jameson, Stephen Maitland, Bronwyn Morris, Karl Morris, Richard Pietsch Group CEO Ian Gillespie GEOFF LEDDY RACQ PRESIDENT VIEWPOINT IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY is not only one of RACQ's main priorities; it is an urgent and very real concern across the world. More than 1.2 million people lose their lives on roads worldwide each year and tens of millions are injured, with road crashes continuing to be the number one killer of young people aged 15-29. Examining ways to improve these startling statistics was the aim of The Decade of Action Policy and Donor Forum in May, hosted by RACQ's Victorian counterpart, RACV, and co- organised by the AAA. World leaders gathered in Australia to push for road safety to be included in the new 'post-2015' goals for global development, currently being debated at the United Nations. Many of the presentations touched on not only the human cost of road trauma, but the huge economic cost. Professor Peter F.M. Choong, in his presentation on the burden of road crashes on the health system in Asia Pacific, outlined that the cost of road traffic crashes in Australia was five to 20 percent of total health expenditure. As the government grapples with burgeoning health costs, this is one area where real savings can be made by taking immediate action on road safety measures, such as improving our road network. As a Club, RACQ continues to advocate for road safety in Queensland through AusRAP star ratings for roads, ANCAP car safety ratings and our road safety education initiatives and activities. We believe one death is too many on our roads, so the quicker we progress to five-star road users in five-star vehicles on five-star roads, the sooner no Queensland family will need to experience the terrible tragedy of road trauma. While this could be an achievable goal here in Queensland, globally the situation is so much worse, but that doesn't mean we can't affect change. You can join me in personally playing a role in making 'better roads and transport' a worldwide priority at the UN's 'MY World' survey by voting at walksafe.myworld2015.org. For the 1.2 million people who die every year, make sure you suggest road safety as an additional priority.