Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

So, How Close Is Too Close? Have Your Say on Rear-Enders; Researcher Aims to Shed Light on Cause of Nose-to-Tail Bingles Costing Ipswich's Drivers Dearly

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

So, How Close Is Too Close? Have Your Say on Rear-Enders; Researcher Aims to Shed Light on Cause of Nose-to-Tail Bingles Costing Ipswich's Drivers Dearly

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Byline: Sherele Moody adam.davies@apn.com.au

Ipswich rear-enders by speed zone 2001-2013

KMH ZONE, CRASHES

100-110: 389

80-90: 444

70: 69

60: 1428

0-50: 269

TOTAL: 2599

# Researchers say each rear-ender costs the economy $114,500 to $177,000 depending on the speed at the time of the crash.

SOURCE: Queensland Government; Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland

IPSWICH drivers may hold the key to reducing the little bingles that are costing our economy millions of dollars a year.

A QT analysis of Queensland Government data reveals there were 2599 front to tail crashes on the region's roads between 2001 and 2013.

Almost 70% - or 1766 - of these happened while vehicles were travelling below 80kmh.

Researchers estimate rear-enders cost our economy big time - $114,500 each for those in the 80kmh or less range and $177,000 for crashes above 80kmh.

Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety Queensland researcher Dr Judy Fleiter is trying to find out how we can reduce rear-enders and she needs Ipswich drivers to take part in an online survey. …

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