*The contents in this blog relates to legislation in Queensland.

For the period from 1 January to 30 May 2021, there have been 105 fatalities as a result of road traffic accidents within Queensland, which is 14 fatalities (or 15.4%) greater than the same period for the previous year and 14 fatalities (or 15.1%) greater than the previous five year average for the same period[i].

There has also been a 14.3% increase in the number of fatal road accidents in the Northern Queensland region, just since this time last year.[ii]

Once again we have compiled a list of the worst offending roads (by number of reported crashes) over the last decade[iii], this time focussing in on the Cairns region, to help you identify the road traffic accident black spots to be wary of when on the roads –

1. Captain Cook Highway, Cairns – Mossman (1,646)
2. Bruce Highway, Innisfail – Cairns (1,476)
3. Cairns Western Arterial Road, Manoora (766)
4. Mulgrave Road, Earlville/Mooroobool (460)
5. Kennedy Highway, Cairns – Mareeba (375)
6. Anderson Street, Manunda/Cairns North (354)
7. Mcleod Street, Cairns North/Cairns City (276)
8. Aumuller Street, Portsmith/Bungalow (256)
9. Gillies Range Road, Little Mulgrave/Lamb Range (229)
10. Alpin Street, Cairns City (216)

The Bruce Highway takes second place to the Captain Cook Highway as we travel north. Captain Cook Highway is in front by a small margin, ahead also of the Cairns Western Arterial Road (a clear third).

In addition to speed and drink driving, young adult driver/riders aged between 21 to 24 years have become a group of significant concern with the recorded fatalities in this age group effectively doubling from 2019 to 2020. The data also shows a 43% increase in fatalities for this age group when averaged over the period from 2015 to date[iv].

If you missed Part 1 of our most notorious roads blog for the sunshine coast, click here.

[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/resource/e88943c0-5968-4972-a15f-38e120d72ec0.

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

[iv] Ibid.