Highway upgrades urgently required to improve driver safety, says RACQ

The RACQ has called for the federal government to invest in improving the quality of national highways in south-east Queensland in order to reduce the rate of accidents occurring in this area.

Following a regional road inspection tour undertaken in October, the RACQ identified issues of concern on the Cunningham, New England, Leichhardt and Gore highways.

According to RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz, the government's failure to invest in these highways has created a "backlog" of required road safety improvements.

"The tour report focuses on preventing run-off road, head-on and intersection crashes - the three most common types of crashes on rural highways - which account for around 75 per cent of all smashes on these roads," explained Mr Miszkowycz in a statement released November 23.

"Implementing typical low-cost engineering improvements could help reduce the frequency and severity of these types of crashes."

If your organisation has fleet vehicles commuting via these highways, it may be a good idea to consider investing in fleet services which can offer 24/7 roadside assistance and accident management.

In this manner, you can ensure that your drivers have peace of mind knowing that help is available should they be involved in any sort of accident on the roads.

Fleet services can also benefit organisations operating in other Australian states as well, by offering such advantages as organised and comprehensive fleet maintenance and fuel efficiency reporting.

The RACQ has put forth a number of suggestions for potential ways in which the quality of these highways can be improved, including road widening, intersection improvements and removing potential roadside hazards.

Mr Miszkowycz also suggested that investments be made in ensuring the highways in question all have improved flood immunity, to help reduce the amount of road closures necessitated by rising water levels.



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