Increasing number of pedestrians and motorcyclists killed on roads

RACQ has expressed shock at Queensland’s road toll after a rise in pedestrian and motorcycle deaths this year.

The State’s peak motoring body revealed 30 pedestrians had died so far during 2016, 12 more than the same time last year, and 51 motorcyclists had died, a rise of two.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said that all road users needed to take care.

“We want to see the road toll drop, whether that relates to those behind the wheel, on a bike, or on foot,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Pedestrians and motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users. They don’t have the protection of a car like motorists, and will come off second best in a crash with a vehicle.

“We’re heading into the most dangerous time of year on our roads, so please take the road rules seriously.

“Pedestrians are susceptible to distractions such as texting, talking on the phone and listening to music, so it is vital they look before stepping onto the road.”

RACQ LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor Matthew Mulkeen said the rescue helicopter service had been to four serious motorcycle crashes in one week earlier this month.

“The extent of injuries to bike riders can be horrific,” Dr Mulkeen said. “Sadly many patients die at the scene or in hospital soon after a motorcycle crash. If they do survive, often the injuries are life threatening or life changing.”

The total Queensland road toll for 2016 is 210, down 11 on the same time last year.