Our dangerous highways named and shamed
WOULD you be allowed to take your car on the road, if it was as dangerous as some of our killer highways?
The RACQ says its survey of Queensland roads shows some of them are putting lives in danger.
According to the survey, based on combined figures for crashes per kilometre and injury crashes per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled, on of our major highways is unsafe virtually along its entire length.
The Wide Bay Highway is rated medium to high risk for the entire journey from its Gympie end and through Kilkivan to Goomeri.
Spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said the club had rated 15,000km of major highways and roads across the state, using the Australian Road Assessment Program rating system.
"Disturbingly, we found some of the region's busiest roads are potentially deadly. Drivers deserve better," she said.
"We know safer roads lead to fewer crashes and fewer deaths and injuries, so we can't afford to have dangerous roads forgotten."
Ms Ross said the RACQ has called on state and federal governments to "take the politics out of road upgrades and focus on urgent safety upgrades."
Some of the roads identified as dangerous in the RACQ survey are in the region or just outside, in areas where Gympie drivers might often go.
Here are the roads putting Gympie region drivers at risk:
Bruce Highway from Traveston Rd to Gympie
Burnett Highway at Goomeri to Gayndah
Bunya Highway from Goomeri to Wondai
Medium to high risk:
Wide Bay Highway (for most of its length) from Gympie to Goomeri