Move over and slow down this Road Safety Week
DRIVERS are urged to move over and slow down when passing roadside emergency responders and roadside workers.
RACQ head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said this National Road Safety Week it was important to be aware of the tragedies on Queensland roads.
"Every life lost on our roads is tragic and affects friends, families and communities, we all need to do everything we can to try and lower the number of people killed by road crashes," he said.
Mr Spalding said the club wanted to especially highlight the dangers for those working on the roadside.
"It just takes one wrong move and roadside workers' and motorists' lives are on the line," he said.
"We're calling on drivers to move over and slow down when they see emergency vehicles, roadside workers and construction workers on the road. It creates a safer space and reduces the chance of them being struck."
Mr Spalding said it was crucial for drivers travelling on rural roads and longer distances to remember the Fatal Five.
"Watch your speed, avoid distractions like mobile phones, make sure every person in the car is wearing a seatbelt, and never get behind the wheel if you're affected by drugs or alcohol," he said.
"Ensuring you're well-rested and not fatigued is also a big factor for those travelling long distances."
The Queensland Police Service has also supported the 'move over, slow down' road safety campaign, which was launched this week.