Ipswich roads are among state's most dangerous

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

APN research reveals the region had Queensland's sixth 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 10,227 happened in the Ipswich council area.

The region ranks behind Brisbane City where there were 68,013 smashes; the Gold Coast with 25,475 crashes; the Sunshine Coast-Noosa region on 17,589; Moreton Bay with 16,874; and Logan City with 14,413.

Townsville with 10,210 crashes; Toowoomba on 9976; Cairns on 9271; and the Rockhampton-Livingstone region on 7156 follow Ipswich on the ladder.

Ipswich City councillor Cheryl Bromage said road safety was a priority across the region.

"Council takes both a proactive and reactive approach to improving safety for all road users," Cr Bromage said.

"All projects are planned, designed and constructed using current standards which include safety as a key factor."

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 that 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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