TRUCKING HELL: The Surat Basin is part of the state's second deadliest region for motorists.
TRUCKING HELL: The Surat Basin is part of the state's second deadliest region for motorists. Kirstin Payne

Horror stats reveal our roads deadliest in state

DRIVERS in regional Queensland are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident as those who live in the state's metropolitan areas, according to data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

That same data confirms that the Surat Basin, including towns such as St George, Charleville and Roma, is part of Queensland's second deadliest region for motorists. The most dangerous area stretches from Mackay in the north to the Sunshine Coast.

In 2017 173 people died on country Queensland roads while 74 people died in traffic incidents in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

During that same period 1227 people died on Australian roads and another 35,000 were seriously injured with drink driving, speeding and inattention among the leading causes of accidents.

Ron Ward, from Ward's Transport in Roma, said the roads in regional Queensland were partly to blame for the high road toll with his employees dealing with unsafe driving conditions every day.

"You try and pull a road train across some of the current roads at 90km/h, you just can't do it,” he said.

"We should be able to drive from Roma to Toowoomba in four hours, but instead, it's taking us five.”

"I know they're doing a lot of road works but it's just not good enough or quick enough and they're fixing one piece of road and then they're back fixing it again in a few months time.

"If you visit the eastern area of the state, that's where all the money is being spent on the roads but out in the west where we tow two or three trailers, the roads are pathetic.

"The quality of roads is making it unsafe for everyone.”

After more than two decades working in the field, Shine Lawyers' Brisbane West general manager Wendy Nixson has seen first-hand the impact of traffic accidents on those injured or on families left behind.

"We almost don't register we are still losing more than 200 people on our roads within this state each year,” she said.

"It never gets any easier to deal with human beings suffering injury or death, whose lives will never be the same again.”

"A very small action on your part can cause a traumatic experience for someone else.”


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