Christmas carnage on our roads

POLICE have asked for motorists to make safe driving their new year's resolution after 10 people died on the state's roads over the Christmas holidays, including three in the Ipswich region.

Queensland recorded the second highest road fatality total of any state or territory after NSW, where 19 were killed.

The state's 2011 road toll of 269 was 27 more than 2010, but was still one of the lowest ever recorded in Queensland.

Acting Chief Superintendent Andy Morrow from the Queensland Police Traffic Support Branch said the road toll could be lower still this year with safer driving.

"The start of the year gives us all a chance to stop and think about what personal driving behaviours we can correct or improve," he said.

"Can we resolve to be more patient with other drivers, not to speed and stay calm behind the wheel?

"These are examples of the little things that we can each commit to as 2012 begins."

The Christmas period started with five deaths in five days, including a 17-year-old motorbike passenger on the Whitsundays, and a 46-year-old man who was a passenger.

The penultimate fatality of the period was a 48-year-old man, who died when the car he was travelling in hit a tree on the Bruce Highway near Childers on Tuesday.

On Wednesday a female driver was killed in a two-car collision on the Springfield-Beaudesert Connection Rd east of Grand Avenue in Springfield.



Dec 24: An 81-year-old man and a 37-year-old man are killed on the Bunya Hwy at Wondai in a head-on smash between two cars.

Dec 25: A 46-year-old man dies when the vehicle in which he is a passenger veers into a rock face and down an embankment into the Mulgrave River, south of Cairns.

Dec 25: An 82-year-old man dies in Gold Coast Hospital following a Christmas Eve collision between his mobility scooter and a car in Labrador.

Dec 25: A 17-year-old Victorian girl is killed in a motorbike crash at Halliday Bay on the Whitsundays.

Dec 28: A 31-year-old man is killed after a head-on smash between two cars on the Cunningham Hwy at Morwincha, south of Ipswich.

Dec 30: Two men are killed in 90 minutes following separate single-vehicle accidents. One dies after hitting a tree at Lawnton, north of Brisbane, and the other is killed at Gatton.

Jan 3: A 48-year-old man is killed when the car in which he is travelling collides with a tree on the Bruce Hwy near Childers. The driver of the car is taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Jan 4: A woman is killed in a collision between a ute and sedan on the Springfield-Beaudesert Connection Rd. A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.