During 1 January to 3 May 2021, there were 90 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle crashes within Queensland, which is 19 fatalities greater than the same period for the previous year and 17 fatalities greater than the previous five-year average for the same period.[i]

There has been a 25% increase in the number of fatal road crashes in South East Queensland since this time last year.[ii]

These are highly concerning statistics. With our Region becoming more sought-after in recent times, the volume of road-users is likely to increase in the next decade, which is a frightening thought if our road/traffic infrastructure is not kept up to the task.

Whilst we should always be taking care when on the roads, we have compiled a list of the worst offending Sunshine Coast roads (by number of reported crashes) over the last decade[iii] to raise awareness of some particularly hazardous areas-

1. Bruce Highway (858)
2. Sunshine Motorway, Sippy Downs/Maroochydore (422)
3. Nicklin Way, Kawana Waters (306)
4. Maroochydore-Noosa Road, Coolum/Maroochydore/Pacific Paradise (295)
5. Caloundra Road, Caloundra/Little Mountain (237)
6. Mooloolaba Road, Maroochydore (192)
7. Maroochydore-Mooloolaba Road, Maroochydore/Alexandra Headland (149)
8. Glasshouse Mountains Road, Glasshouse Mountains (123)
9. Maroochydore Road, Maroochydore/Forest Glen/Kunda Park (116)
10. Maleny-Kenilworth Road, Kenilworth (86)
11. Nambour Connection Road, Nambour (85)
12. Nambour-Mapleton Road, Nambour (82)
13. Landsborough-Maleny Road, Landsborough (72)
14. Kilcoy-Beerwah Road, Beerwah (72)
15. Maroochy Blvd, Maroochydore (70)
16. Nambour-Bli Bli Road, Nambour (66)
17. Yandina-Coolum Road, Coolum Beach (63)
18. Emu Mountain Road, Peregian Springs (61)
29. Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba (58)
20. Kawana Way, Kawana Waters (51)
21. Eumundi-Noosa Road, Eumundi (51)

There is no surprise the Bruce Highway has taken the top spot. The relatively new Maroochy Blvd is a bit of an unexpected feature.

Speed and drink/drug driving remain the largest contributors to fatal accidents in the Region according to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads data[iv].

[i] https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Transport-and-road-statistics/Road-safety-statistics

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] https://www.data.qld.gov.au/dataset/crash-data-from-queensland-roads

[iv] [iv] https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Transport-and-road-statistics/Road-safety-statistics