APN ARM supports campaign to keep road toll at record low

THE Queensland road toll is at a record low and a business and government coalition wants to make sure it stays low.

Statistics show there have been 45 fewer deaths on Queensland roads than this time last year.

APN Australian Regional Media chief Neil Monaghan said he hoped the company's involvement in The Join the Drive to Save Lives campaign could raise awareness about road safety.

"Through our connection with local communities we're able to spread this message to encourage motorists to stay safe on the roads," Mr Monaghan said.

"These are real people from our communities who are killed on so many Queensland roads and if we get the community talking about it that could save lives."

He said, with links in communities across the state, APN had a "social responsibility" to do what it could to stop people dying on Queensland roads.

State Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the campaign could save lives over the coming holiday period.

"While the road toll is currently at a record low with 45 fewer deaths compared to this same time last year, more can always be done to ensure the safety of families on our roads," he said.

"The Statewide Coalition will work with the community and Government to put road safety at the top of the community agenda, combat complacency and to change road safety behaviour.

Aurizon, McDonalds, QGC, Newscorp, RACQ, Suncorp, Super Retail Group, Telstra, TollNQX and Transurban are also statewide coalition members supporting the campaign.

Mr Emerson said four community coalitions also would be established to work at the grassroots level to come up with local solutions to local road safety issues in their area.

He said trials would be run in Emerald, Logan and Toowoomba and would be locally run with community, business and local leaders.

For more information visit qld.gov.au/jointhedrive .

- APN NEWSDESK



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