Minister for Police and Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Ryan. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
Minister for Police and Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Ryan. Photographer: Liam Kidston.

217 road deaths ‘too high’, MP says

ACROSS the state, there were 28 fewer road fatalities in 2019 than the year prior.

The 2019 total of 217 deaths - 10 in the Mackay region - is the lowest number of ­fatalities on Queensland roads in six decades.

Police Minister and acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Ryan said 217 deaths was still too high, and urged drivers not to become complacent.

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"All Queensland drivers need to remember to avoid the Fatal Five: speeding, drink-driving, fatigue, distractions and not wearing a seatbelt," Mr Ryan (above) said.

"The Palaszczuk Government is investing close to $1 billion to dedicated road safety initiatives, but everyone has a role to play in keeping our roads safe."

Mr Ryan said tough new penalties for distracted drivers would take effect from February, with $1000 fines and four demerit points for those caught using their mobile phones while driving.

"While we're seeing a downward trend in the number of deaths on our roads, last year's fatalities mean 200 plus families won't have a loved one at the dinner table in 2020," he said.

"Add to this, more than 6500 people have been seriously injured - many whose lives will be changed forever.

"Remember every choice you make on the road can affect not only you, and your passengers, but other Queenslanders as