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Powell Media Release – Show your support for Fatality Free Friday (2 May 2013)

With the goal of no road deaths in Queensland on Friday 31st May, three local State Members are appealing to all Queensland motorists to pledge their support for road safety.

Darren Grimwade, Member for Morayfield said Fatality Free Friday served as a timely reminder for everyone to pay due care and attention when on the road.

“As part of the Government’s support of this event, an inflatable car will tour the state which people can sign to pledge their support for road safety,” he said.

The car will visit several locations throughout Queensland where people can sign their pledge, or they can sign their pledge online at

“We encourage everyone to get behind this great community program.”

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell said Fatality Free Friday put road safety back into the hands of the community by encouraging all road users to ensure they are safe on the roads.

“While Fatality Free Friday aims for no road deaths on May 31, we implore motorists to keep the message top of mind every time they get behind the wheel, every day of the year,” he said.

As at 30 April, 2013, 99 people have lost their lives on Queensland roads so far this year, 16 more than at the same time last year.

Lisa France, Member for Pumicestone said it was startling to see almost one in five road fatalities in Queensland occurred on a Friday last year.

“This year’s theme “don’t gamble with your life at level crossings” is being supported by Queensland Rail’s current safety campaign,” she said.

“In 2012, there were 400 reported near misses at railway crossings across the Queensland Rail network, down from 472 the previous year.

“A crash at a level crossing could have catastrophic results, so I urge drivers to heed the message – it’s just not worth the risk.”

More than 38,000 people have pledged their commitment to a Fatality Free Friday.

The Newman Government encourages Queenslanders to make their pledge, either by signing one of the inflatable cars touring the state, or online.

[ENDS] 3rd May 2013


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