Collaboration needed to reduce road deaths

TRAFFIC enforcement alone will not end the carnage on our roads.

That's the message Queensland's top traffic cop and other transport experts will deliver today at the Australasian Road Safety Conference on the Gold Coast.

Desperate to reduce the road toll to "zero" deaths, about 650 experts from across the globe are discussing a wide range of motoring issues during the three-day event.

There have been 48 deaths on central Queensland police region roads this year.

The region runs from Mackay to the Sunshine Coast and has the state's second highest death rate for 2015.

Last year there were 223 deaths on Queensland roads - the state's lowest road toll since record keeping began.

However, as of Wednesday there have been 189 deaths - eight more than the same period in 2014.

Assistant Queensland Police Commissioner Mike Keating told APN Newsdesk it would take time and strong collaboration to end road deaths.

He will speak at a media conference about the issue this morning.

"What we do know is that enforcement on its own will not reduce the road toll to zero."

"So what we need to see is a mix between enforcement and co-operation and collaboration with stakeholders and representative groups with the various road users.

"Road safety is a battle on many fronts and it is important that we celebrate the successes, of which there are many, but we also need to recognise that there is room for improvement."

Asst Comm Keating said drivers, riders and pedestrians still had a major role to play.

"What we know is that the majority of road deaths and traffic crashes that are occurring in the state can be resolved by people making better decisions," he said.

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland director Narelle Haworth agreed every road user was responsible for making roads safer.

"The idea is that it's not just the fault of motorists who make mistakes," the QUT professor said.

"It's also the responsibility of the people who build and maintain the roads, the people who build our vehicles, owner decisions as to what vehicles they buy and everybody who is involved in road use.

"The idea is that we are working together towards solutions, rather than seeing it as somebody else's problem."


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