RACQ says young male drivers in most crashes

THE long weekend saw more drivers on the road, and unfortunately it saw more crashes than usual in Central Queensland.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said unfortunately too many young men lost their lives on the roads each year.

Male drivers, aged 17 to 24 years old, account for the most fatalities, according to RACQ statistics.

"It's due to the fact that younger male drivers believe they are invincible and they think it won't happen to them, and all too often it does," Ms Ritchie said.

"Over-confidence in your ability to drive can have serious consequences.

"There is a responsibility when you have your licence and to drive safely.

"Driving a vehicle is not your right, it's a privilege."

Ms Ritchie said it was highly important for drivers to be vigilant on the roads and take notice to the fatal five, which include distraction, speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving while fatigued.

"It's the fatal five for a reason; they are the deadliest causes of deaths and crashes on the region's roads," she said.

Ms Ritchie said it was extremely disappointing to hear of several crashes in the Central Queensland region over the long weekend, which included two fatals.

"Regardless of age, the road rules are there for a reason," she said.

Ms Ritchie said drink driving was a major cause of crashes, and people needed to make sure they never got behind the wheel if they were under the influence of a substance.

"It affects the ability to drive and you're putting everyone's life at risk," she said.



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