A single-vehicle rollover crash along the D'Aguilar Highway between Blackbutt and Moore last year.
A single-vehicle rollover crash along the D'Aguilar Highway between Blackbutt and Moore last year. Marguerite Cuddihy

Urgent call for upgrades on 'shocking' highway

RACQ has called for urgent attention to the D'Aguilar Highway after reports revealed it had a shocking crash history.

The state motoring body has called for urgent safety works on the highway, after it was revealed there was a total of 14 deaths and hundreds of injuries between 2012 and 2016.

RACQ head of public policy Rebecca Michael said an analysis of crash history and data from the Australian Road Assessment Program showed long lengths of the highway received a disappointing two-star safety rating.

"The D'Aguilar Highway claimed 14 lives and put 211 other people in hospital with serious injuries between 2012 and 2016," Dr Michael said.

The highway was also named a medium-high to high crash risk between Caboolture and Kingaroy.

"Our research shows these deadly crashes happen when drivers, run off the road, crash head-on, or collide with other vehicles at intersections," she said.

Dr Michael said the risk could be countered with low-cost, high impact safety works, such as clearing roadsides, installing safety barriers and noisy lines.

"Additionally, if protected turning lanes are installed at intersections, more fatal and serious injuries will be prevented," she said.

RACQ urge the Queensland and Federal governments to focus their funding efforts to small, but effective road safety projects along the D'Aguilar Highway.

"We could save many lives and prevent hundreds of serious injuries over the next 20 years," Dr Michael said.

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