Nothing more important than lives on roads: MP

MEMBER for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the investment demonstrated the State Government was serious in its efforts to combat the road toll.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of the men, women and children who travel on the state's vast road network," Ms Donaldson said.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt's Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review today identified more than $100 million will be invested in road safety and Ms Donaldson said she wanted to see some of that money invested here.

"This injection of additional funds will provide targeted road safety infrastructure through initiatives such as our Safer Roads Sooner program and increase road safety education through the Join the Drive to Save Lives campaign," Ms Donaldson said.

"The annual cost to the Queensland economy of road fatalities and injuries is estimated to be more than $5 billion. The combined economic, social and emotional costs of serious road trauma are enormous and enduring.

"That's why this significant investment will focus on road safety programs and projects to help turn
these statistics around."

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said one such initiative, the Christmas road safety campaign  - Dry Driver - recognised the importance of designated drivers, who were doing their bit to keep their friends and family safe on our roads.

"Drink driving is the cause of one in five fatalities on our roads, and nearly one in every 10 serious casualties," Ms Donaldson said.

"If you are going to celebrate with a drink this Christmas and new year season, make a plan before you head out, appoint a designated driver, plan to catch a cab, public transport, or to stay at a mate's house."

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