Call for global action to end deaths on our roads

A LEADING road accident researcher wants global action on crash deaths.

Speaking at the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference on the Gold Coast recently, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland director Professor Narelle Haworth urged world-wide unity to drive down crash carnage.

"Road related trauma is not just a Queensland problem or an Australian problem, this is a worldwide problem and we need to be working together to find solutions," the QUT professor said.

The conference of 600 road safety experts heard about 6% more people have died on Queensland roads this year compared to the same time last year.

"In Queensland alone we saw a 166 per cent increase in deaths on our road during the Easter long weekend compared to the previous year," Professor Haworth said.

"Sadly since then there have been another 128 deaths across the state.

"With Australian road deaths also higher than this time last year, we can only ask what has to be done to stop deaths and injuries on our roads?"

Austroads CEO Nick Koukoulas said turning the spotlight on road safety could make a world of difference by 2020.

"As we reach the halfway point of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, a worldwide initiative bringing together over 70 countries in a united effort to reduce traffic crashes and the global road toll, it is important to not only reflect on the global achievements already made, but to re-focus our energies on ensuring that it truly is a Decade of Action and not just a decade of the same," he said.

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