February 2, 2013.
February 2, 2013. Sharyn O'Neill

Fixing Bruce could be 'sexy'

THE Morning Bulletin's Fix the Bruce campaign may have just become sexy.

Queensland's leading motoring group, RACQ, wants politicians to start thinking of road death prevention as "sexy" policy on the election trail.

RACQ spokesman Paul Turner says the group is making a public push to get a bigger slice of government funding spent on road safety as it is continually overlooked during electioneering.

As of midnight on Tuesday, 43 people had died on Queensland roads this year, 10 more than at the same time last year.

The RACQ has paid for 11 billboards across the State to highlight the issue, including one sign on the Bruce Hwy at the Sunshine Coast that reads:

"One in six deaths on Australian national highways occur on this one.

"Election wars become bidding wars for causes and road funding just hasn't been sexy enough for them to make it an issue this campaign," Mr Turner said yesterday.

"We have to make sure road funding is part of their campaign as there is a desire by the major parties to duck any real commitment on this issue."

The RACQ also had a top-10 list of projects it wants the next State Government to focus on.

The projects include a Bruce Highway bypass at Gympie, construction of a second Warrego Highway-Toowoomba Range crossing, making the Bruce Hwy flood-proof at Cairns, Gympie and Rockhampton, and additional lanes to the Pacific Motorway at Nerang and the Gateway Motorway at Nudgee.



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