Call for action as 2016 road toll soars to a new high
FIGURES have shown 10% more Australians have died this year on the country's roads compared with last year.
Now motoring and road safety groups have called on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to appoint a road safety minister.
There have been 126 fatalities on Queensland roads alone since the beginning of the year, with nine fatalities recorded in July.
Mr Turnbull has already announced his new ministry but Australian Automobile Association chief executive Michael Bradley says the case for a dedicated road safety minister is clear.
Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics show that between January and June this year, 643 people died on roads in Australia, compared to 580 in the same period last year.
Mr Bradley said the national road safety strategy aimed to reduce the number of deaths and trauma by 30% between 2010 and 2020 and that "clearly we are heading in the wrong direction".
The Australasian New Care Assessment Program and Australasian College of Road Safety have also backed the call for a Federal road safety minister.