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FIGURES have confirmed what most people already thought, the Bruce Highway in the Gladstone region is dangerous.

The RACQ released the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) which rated the risk of driving between Miriam Vale and Rockhampton as medium to high ? the second highest rating.

The section between Childers and Miriam Vale was rated the fifth worst section in the state.

The judgment was based on the number of crashes on a road during a given length of time and the casualty crashes per vehicle kilometre travelled.

The Bruce Highway has been the scene of two serious accidents in the past eight days.

On Friday, November 19 a man had a leg amputated after his vehicle collided with another vehicle about 15km north of Mt Larcom.

On Sunday night a 26-year-old Sarina woman was killed in another head-on collision 17km south of Mt Larcom.

RACQ chief executive Alan Terry said while the safety of cars was important, more attention needed to be paid to roads.

'Safer, more forgiving roads are as at least as important to reducing death and injury on them as safer vehicles and drivers,'' Mr Terry said.

'This has been recognised in the National Road Safety Strategy, which has identified road improvements as the key to achieving half of the targeted 40 per cent reduction in the road fatality by 2010.'

Mr Terry said the federal government needed to increase funding to the Queensland National Highway System.

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