Bundaberg one of worst crash zones in Queensland

BUNDABERG is one of the state's worst road crash zones.

APN research reveals the region had Queensland's 12th highest number of traffic accidents over 13 years.

The ranking is based on the state's 78 local government areas.

Queensland Government accident data collected from 2001 to 2013 shows there were 251,705 crashes across the state and 5710 happened in the Bundaberg council area.

The 10 worst areas for crashes were Brisbane City where there were 68,013 smashes; the Gold Coast with 25,475 accidents; the Sunshine Coast-Noosa region on 17,589; Moreton Bay with 16,874; Logan City with 14,413; Ipswich with 10,227; Townsville with 10,210 crashes; Toowoomba on 9976; Cairns on 9271; and the Rockhampton-Livingstone region on 7156.

The region might have one of the highest levels of crashes, but Bundaberg Regional Council roads spokesman Cr Tony Ricciardi said the statistics were "average for a community of this size".

"Council officers monitor available crash data and investigate road conditions that may be contributing factors in accidents," Cr Ricciardi said.

"Road users are constantly being advised to drive to conditions and to observe safety messages including the fatal four.

"While the council endeavours to provide appropriate roads for motorists, other agencies play a role in distributing safety messages to the broader motoring public."

Road safety expert Dr Judy Fleiter said road users should remember that every time they got behind the wheel they could injure or kill someone.

"I don't think anyone wakes up and thinks 'right I'm going to go out and kill somebody today on the road', but getting behind the handlebars of a motorbike or the wheel of a truck or a car, we all have the capability to do that," said the postdoctoral research fellow from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland.

"We hear about accidents every day, we drive past them on the side of the road, we see the ambulance attending but there's something about the human psyche that says it won't happen to me."

RACQ senior road safety advisor Joel Tucker said driving to the road conditions could mean the difference between life and death.

"Roads do contribute to crashes but not to the level that driver behaviour does," Mr Tucker said.

"If you've got a good road with nice wide shoulders, no trees to hit, then if a crash does occur and the driver does lose control, there's more opportunity for them to get out of that with a fairly minor level of damage or injury compared to a road environment that isn't well designed that can result in a more severe crash."

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