Death toll figures show we’re the worst on the roads

SUNSHINE Coast roads have the worst fatality record of the entire south-east corner of the state.

New government statistics have revealed that, per head of population, more people die on Sunshine Coast and Noosa roads than in any other south-east Queensland city.

Between 2004 and 2013, an average of 19 people died each year on Coast roads.

That worked out at about one person per 13,000 - much higher than Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan or the Gold Coast where an average of one in every 25,000 died.

For every 14,000 people living in the Sunshine Coast region in 2013 there was one road death.

In comparison there was one death for every 70,000 people in the Brisbane area.

The figures also showed drivers outside the south-east corner were at greater risk due to lower quality roads and complacency.

Road safety expert Russell White said better driver education and better quality roads outside Brisbane were needed to minimise deaths on our roads.

Mr White, the Australian Road Safety Foundation CEO, said some of Queensland's worst roads were just off the state's major highways.

"You don't have to deviate far from the major highways to find low-quality roads," he said.

He said finding and addressing black spots in some of the state's one and two-star roads - rated out of five - could help save lives.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said rural and regional drivers were subject to more dangerous roads with higher speed limits and often travelled much greater distances than city drivers.

"There are less forgiving road environments in regional Queensland," she said.

"And if the worst does happen, crashes are often a longer distance from medical assistance in regional areas."

Ms Ritchie said roads in regional areas were often in worse condition than city roads - but even upgraded highways in the country could be dangerous.

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