One fifth of Bundaberg road deaths occur on Bruce Hwy

ONE fifth of all deaths on Bundaberg roads over about 14 years occurred on the Bruce Hwy.

Between January 2001 and March 2014, 140 people died on Bundaberg region roads - 29 people were killed on the Bruce Hwy.

Over the same period, 14 people were killed on Goodwood Rd and 11 on the Isis Hwy.

RACQ safety expert Steve Spalding said upgrading roads could save lives, and money, in the long run.

"When you factor in the cost of fatalities and serious injuries to the community, which runs into the billions of dollars, suddenly the cost of upgrading a road becomes much less significant than it seems," he said.

Mr Spalding said high speed limits and more traffic made highways much more dangerous than other roads.

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He said fatigue from driving long distances and driver distraction - often from checking mobile phones - was leading to crashes.

"People are unfortunately wedded to their phones. Driver distraction is a huge issue," he said.

But Mr Spalding said no matter how good roads were, nearly all serious crashes involved driver error and some crashes could not be avoided.

"There are those still you can't control - people who ignore the rules, who drink-drive or worse still drug-drive," he said.

"Even the best roads - with the best vehicle and best driver - won't be able to stop that."

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The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland's Dr Judy Fleiter  said bad driving habits led to a lot of deaths on regional roads.

"If your experience of a lifetime's driving tells you that you can get from A to B with two hours sleep with nothing bad happening, then we think we can always do that," she said.

"I think we are eternal optimists. If it hasn't happened to you in the past we assume it won't happen ever. All it takes is for one roo to jump out, one truck to swerve, loose gravel where you don't expect it and you could crash." 



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