AAA Welcome Road Funds for Bruce Highway
The Australian Automobile Association – Australia’s peak motoring organisation – today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $2 billion in funding for the Bruce Highway in Queensland.
AAA said the funding was timely, as its latest research shows large sections of the Bruce Highway present a high level of risk for motorists.
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said the latest AAA report – How Safe are Our Roads: Rating Australia’s National Network for Risk – demonstrates that the Bruce Highway is in need of safety upgrades..
“AAA and the RACQ have for some time voiced strong concerns about the state of the Bruce Highway. Our latest report shows that over the five-year period between 2000 and 2004, the rural sections of the highway experienced 2,494 casualty crashes resulting in 185 deaths,” Mr Harris said.
“We have rated much of the Bruce Highway as medium-high or high risk for motorists, so we welcome the announcement of this funding in the interests of our members, their families and indeed all road users.
“In a country as big as Australia, roads are our lifeblood and it is vital we ensure these major highways are safe for motorists to use – just because someone makes a mistake does not mean they should pay dearly for it because the road is unforgiving.
“There are many things to be done to make our roads safer. We hope that the projects funded by this $2 billion announcement will be targeted at high-risk sections of the highway.”
How Safe are Our Roads: Rating Australia’s National Network for Risk can be downloaded at www.aaa.asn.au or www.ausrap.org.