26 September 2023

Drivers beware: Workers on the road

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Queenslanders driving on holiday during the next few days are being asked to be on the lookout for workers on road projects.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads said hundreds of road workers would be busy over the period delivering billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said the plan to plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs had already begun.

“That includes a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee and continuing major road projects,” Mr Bailey said.

“Worryingly though, the data shows more lives have been lost on our roads so far this year compared to 2019, so I’m pleading with drivers to pay particular attention to any changed traffic conditions and keep an eye out for our hard-working crews.”

He said there was a $23 billion pipeline of road and transport projects supporting 21,500 workers.

“We’ve also recently announced $1 billion worth of new and accelerated road projects, and the $128 million Beams Road level crossing upgrade as cornerstones of our recovery plan,” Mr Bailey said.

“These projects, and the planners, designers, and road crews that work to deliver them are vital to getting our economy going.”

He said that to coincide with the holidays, the Government was also launching a #KeepSafeThisRoadTrip campaign.

“We know the vast majority of fatalities on our roads are because of the fatal five: Speed, fatigue, seat belt use, driver distraction, and drink/drug driving,” he said.

The campaign highlights the fatal five road safety messages through a targeted campaign including billboard, petrol pumps, radio and Spotify commercials, as well as a strong digital and social media presence,” the Minister said.

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