Bundy bucks death trend

THE Bundaberg region had its worst December road death toll for five years, bucking figures from across the state which showed the 2011 toll was 52 fewer deaths than the previous five-year average.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Operations) Ian Stewart yesterday said the 2011 Queensland preliminary road toll was 269 - 20 more deaths than 2010.

The Bundaberg region had five deaths on the road in December.

Mr Stewart said the preliminary road fatality rate across the state was 5.87 fatalities per 100,000 population - slightly higher than the lowest rate of 5.53, which was recorded in 2010. The greatest was 32.1 in 1973.

He said it was pleasing the preliminary road toll for 2011 was the second-lowest annual road toll since accurate records began in 1952.

He said the "fatal four" factors continued to make up a large portion of Queensland's road toll, with speed accounting for 18% of the 2011 preliminary road toll, drink driving accounting for 16%, fatigue accounting for 14% and not wearing seatbelts accounting for 13%.



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