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RACQ: State could save lives on SH17 by investing $30M

THE Queensland Government could prevent 115 fatal and serious injuries by investing just $30 million in State Highway 17 (Brisbane Valley Highway), a report by the RACQ reveals.

Published: November 4th 2019

THE Queensland Government could prevent 115 fatal and serious injuries by investing just $30 million in State Highway 17 (Brisbane Valley Highway), a report by the RACQ reveals.

The peak motoring body’s Star Rating and Crash Risk AusRAP Assessment examined the risk of death and serious injury on the state highway, showing 64 per cent of SH17 was a two-star road.

Ratings were based on road inspection data, providing an objective measure of the level of safety which was ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Five-star roads were the safest and lowest risk, while one-star roads were the most dangerous and highest risk.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the RACQ data backed a recent report by independent consulting engineers GHD, which confirmed the state highway did not meet safe design standards.

“The RACQ report shows a $30 million investment in safety could save 115 fatal and serious injuries over 20 years,” Cr Lehmann said.

“This is a small investment for a rural highway compared to the State Government’s annual capital budget of $12.9 billion.

“I ask the State Government, what price can you put on a life?”

Find the full GHD report here: https://bit.ly/339uPY0.

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