Road death rate higher in Warwick than south-east
ONE and two-star roads and complacent drivers are leading to more people dying in Queensland's regions than in the south-east corner.
Queensland Government statistics have revealed more people die on Southern Downs roads than on Toowoomba, Ipswich, Brisbane, Logan or Gold Coast roads per head of population.
Road safety expert Russell White said better driver education and better quality roads outside Brisbane were needed to minimise deaths on our roads.
Between 2004 and 2013, an average of five people died each year on Warwick roads. That works out as about one person per 10,000 - much higher than Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan or the Gold Coast where an average of one in every 25,000 people died.
For every 6000 people living in the Warwick region in 2013 there was one road death. In comparison there was one death for 37,000 people in the Ipswich area and one per 70,000 in the Brisbane area.
Mr White, the Australian Road Safety Foundation CEO, said some of Queensland's worst roads were just off the state's major highways
"You don't have to deviate far from the major highways to find low-quality roads," he said.
He said finding and addressing black spots in some of the state's one and two-star roads - rated out of five - could help save lives.
RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said rural and regional drivers were subject to more dangerous roads with higher speed limits and often travelled much greater distances than city drivers.
"There are less forgiving road environments in regional Queensland," she said.
"And if the worst does happen, crashes are often a longer distance from medical assistance in regional areas."
Ms Ritchie said roads in regional areas were often in worse condition than city roads - but even upgraded highways in the country could be dangerous.
- APN NEWSDESK