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Road toll rises prompting police warning

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Police are imploring drivers to slow down and take more care on the road as Queensland reaches a heartbreaking milestone.

Since the start of the year, 100 people have lost their lives in a crash – that is 21 more than the same time last year.
On the Sunshine Coast, five people have died so far this year, which is up from three during the same period last year.

In the Wide Bay Burnett region, 19 people have died.

The most recent fatality involves a 78-year-old cyclist from New South Wales, who died at the scene after getting struck by a car west of Gympie on Saturday.

Police say the rider veered into the path of a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, along the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan.

Road Policing Command Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder says the grim milestone is a timely reminder to drivers of their responsibilities.

“In less than five months we have seen 100 people lose their lives on our roads, that means the lives of hundreds of people here in Queensland across dozens of communities will never be the same,” Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder says.

“While our officers are doing all we can to keep motorists safe, road safety is a shared responsibility.

“Disappointingly, our road toll remains much higher than the same time in previous years.”

In total, 28 motorcyclists, 41 drivers and 20 passengers have died in crashes in Queensland this year. Seven pedestrians and three cyclists have also died.

Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder says Queensland’s road roll significantly contributed towards the national total of about 1,200 lives per year.

“This National Road Safety Week, we are asking all drivers to remember the fatal five, speeding, drink and drug driving, lack of seatbelts, fatigue and distracted driving."