Queensland on track for highest toll rate since 2009 following death of Andrew Symonds

The death of former Test cricketer Andrew Symonds was part of a weekend of terror on the roads of Queensland, and it’s a trend the state cannot buck.

The death of former Test cricketer Andrew Symonds has shed light on Queensland’s worrying 2022 road toll, which is on track to be the state’s worst in over a decade.

Symonds, 46, was one of four people who died in a 12-hour horror on the state highway from Saturday night to early Sunday, with a 30-year-old man, a 53-year-old man and a 59 year old man. she also losing her life.

A 36-year-old man was also killed in a car accident on Friday night.

Symonds was killed when his car skidded off the road and rolled down Hervey Range Rd near Townsville on Saturday night.

One hundred and twenty people have died on Queensland’s roads so far in 2022, which is a 15 per cent increase from last year when the toll was 102.

It puts the state on track for 325 deaths by the end of the year, which would be the first time Queensland has recorded more than 300 lives lost in a year since 2009.

The state had the highest road toll of any Australian jurisdiction last year (274) and the second highest in 2020 (278).

Prior to 2020, Queensland had seen a year-over-year decline since 2016, including 219 deaths in 2019.

The weekend tragedy coincided with the start of National Highway Safety Week, with authorities urging the public to abide by the rules.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the Fatal Five – speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not wearing a seat belt, fatigue and distractions – and to “take the promise” of how they will make roads safer. be safer.

Bridges and buildings across the state will also light up yellow at night to commemorate National Driver Safety Week.

Originally published as Andrew Symonds death reveals a bigger problem in Queensland

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