TRAGIC TOLL: Sergeant Nadine Webster and Cr Andrew Antoniolli support Fatality Free Friday.
TRAGIC TOLL: Sergeant Nadine Webster and Cr Andrew Antoniolli support Fatality Free Friday. Rob Williams

Shocking road toll

SHOES will represent lives lost on Queensland roads so far this year.

The chilling reminder of the tragic toll will be on display at d'Arcy Doyle Place this Friday.

The Queensland Police will stage Fatality Free Friday events across the state on May 31 in an effort to promote road safety.

Ipswich drivers are encouraged to make the Fatality Free Friday pledge by visiting the website and making a commitment to themselves and to their family to use the roads safely.

The ultimate aim is to have no fatal crashes across Australia for just one day. It is a desperate measure that has come in response to an increase in fatal road crashes so far this year.

The state figure has risen above 100.

Ipswich crime prevention unit Sergeant Nadine Webster said each pair of shoes on display in d'Arcy Doyle place would represent each victim.

"The display will serve as a visual reminder for road users to consider their driving behaviour and attitude when behind the wheel. They need to think about the responsibility they have to themselves and others," Sgt Webster said.

The Police Citizens' Youth Club will be at the Fatality Free Friday event to promote its Breaking the Cycle Program, which provides driving lessons to disadvantaged people on learner's permits.

Cr Andrew Antoniolli said the number of fatal crashes was alarming.

"We all have a duty to ensure community safety and the most practical way to do that is to drive with consideration for others," he said.

The display begins in d'Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich, on May 31 at 10am. To make the pledge, visit fatalityfreefriday.com.


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