The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has appealed to Southern Queensland residents to make a road safety pledge ahead of what it is calling Fatality Free Friday.
Department of Transport and Main Roads Manager Wayne Crofts encouraged members of the community to sign an inflatable vehicle and pledge their commitment to road safety at one of seven towns across the region.
“Losing someone they love in a road crash is the terrifying reality for too many Queenslanders each year,” said Crofts.
“But we can all make a difference, and the key to road safety is in the hands of every road user – whether they drive a car, motorbike, heavy vehicle or ride a bike."
“In conjunction with the Australian Road Safety Foundation, we call on road users to be vigilant, respect other road users and be aware of the fatal five, which are the common causes of road fatalities."
Last year 245 people lost their lives on Queensland roads with thousands more injured.
According to Crofts it was time residents made a commitment to make roads as safe as possible.
As part of the initiative residents can choose responsible road safety by making a pledge to always be fit to drive, stay focused on the road, scan the road ahead, keep a safe distance and drive to suit the conditions.
Locals are invited to write their pledge on one of the inflatable life-size pledge cars at one the events in Goondiwindi, Gayndah, Kingaroy, Dalby, Tiaro and Toowoomba.