Suncorp Insurance Encourages Queenslanders to Drive Safely on Fatality Free Friday

Thursday, 28 May 2015
2014 crash statistics reveal most accidents occur on Fridays

Queenslanders are being encouraged to ‘take the pledge’ and drive safely tomorrow for Fatality Free Friday, as it is revealed by Suncorp Insurance that 17 per cent of crashes in 2014 happened on the last day of the working week.

Last year Suncorp Insurance customers made almost 6,000 claims for accidents occurring on a Friday – with rear-enders causing the most havoc (29%).

Suncorp Insurance spokesperson, Melissa Cronin, said these stats were a key driver in Suncorp’s partnership with and support of Fatality Free Friday.

“This year already 93 Queenslanders* have died on our roads – and unfortunately a lot of these deaths could have been prevented,” Ms Cronin said.

“We must have safer Queensland roads, and by taking the pledge to drive safely on Fatality Free Friday, we’re one step closer to achieving that.

“Fatality Free Friday is about making a commitment to yourself, your family, friends and local community to do your best to use our roads safely.”

Research commissioned by Suncorp Insurance* shows that:

  • Almost one third (32%) of Queensland drivers admit to frequently exceeding the speed limit by 10km/hr some of the time
  • More than one in ten (11%) Queensland drivers have driven while probably over the drink-drive limit
  • 29% of Queensland drivers have sent or read a text while driving
  • Almost one third (30%) of Queensland drivers have used their mobile phone to make or answer a call when behind the wheel without using a hands free kit
  • 10% of young Queensland drivers admit to taking photos or videos and uploading it onto social media while driving
  • More than one in five Queensland drivers (22%) have momentarily fallen asleep at the wheel.

Fatality Free Friday aims for one day each year where not a single road death occurs, and Suncorp Insurance has been a key supporter of the initiative since its inception in 2007.

“We must have safer Queensland roads, and through our partnership with Fatality Free Friday we’re hoping to achieve that – one day at a time,” Ms Cronin said.

Brisbane residents are encouraged to attend a special Fatality Free Friday event tomorrow at Suncorp Stadium from 9am – where they will be encouraged to sign the world’s largest key to show their commitment to road safety.

Those who can’t make the event at Suncorp Stadium are encouraged to take the pledge online at http://fatalityfreefriday.com and make the commitment.

*Queensland Government Road Crash Weekly Report #904, 25 May 2015


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