Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

City Drivers Less Likely to Meet Fate on Roads

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

City Drivers Less Likely to Meet Fate on Roads

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

IPSWICH'S roads are some of the safest in the state, with the conditions of major roads and highways given credit for saving lives.

Queensland Government statistics reveal Ipswich and other south-east corner roads had a lower death rate than regional roads per head of population.

Even though there were more crashes in the south-east corner, a lower percentage of people died on the roads than in regional Queensland.

Road safety expert Russell White said higher quality roads and faster emergency response times saved lives, but Ipswich roads were still rated as more dangerous than Brisbane's.

An average of eight people died each year on Ipswich roads between 2004 and 2013. That equates to about one person per 23,000 - much higher than Brisbane where on average one in every 38,000 died.

For every 37,000 people living in the Ipswich region in 2013, there was one road death.

In comparison, there was one death for 70,000 people in the Brisbane area. …

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