SLOW DOWN: This Fatality Free Friday we asked readers what needed to change on Burnett roads. Many said drivers needed to slow down, have more patience and focus on getting home safely.
SLOW DOWN: This Fatality Free Friday we asked readers what needed to change on Burnett roads. Many said drivers needed to slow down, have more patience and focus on getting home safely. Brenda Strong GLA010713TRIB

POLL RESULTS: Readers call for more patience on our roads

MORE patience on Burnett roads is what residents believe is needed to reduce road trauma across the region.

Eight adults and four children have died on roads across the North and South Burnett between May 7 and 29.

Today, many Burnett residents have made a pledge to make our roads safer for Fatality Free Friday, as part of the national campaign.

A pledge for road safety is a step in the right direction in reducing road trauma.

However, more changes need to be made on roads and highways in the region, as 12 fatalities on Burnett roads is 12 too many.

We asked our South Burnett Times online readers, who use the region's roads every day, what needs to change to make them safer.

Almost 45 per cent of readers said there needed to be more patience on the roads.

Many Facebook readers commented on the need for more overtaking lanes, which they believe would help reduce drivers' impatience.

Another stand-out concern from readers was about the state of the region's roads, as 37 per cent of the 143 voters identified a need for smoother, safer, sealed routes.

The need for more signage, more road safety awareness, better lighting and more police officers patrolling the roads only accounted for four per cent of the results, each.

Many Facebook readers acknowledged the need for drivers to be able to adjust and drive to the conditions, and slow down if it was not safe.

Others said the roads could be in a better physical condition, with fewer pot holes, more overtaking lanes, better road shoulders and wider highways.

Another reader suggested diverting trucks around the town centres and increasing the police presence to divert speeding and uneducated drivers.

Other readers suggested a review into the lined markings on the highways which indicate it is safe to overtake, when it may not necessarily be so.

Perhaps a review into driver training and refresher courses could also be an option to educate drivers on how to navigate rural and regional roads or highway driving at night.

The Burnett's 2019 road toll of 13 has overtaken last year's within less than five months, which means today's Fatality Free Friday pledges need to be for more than just one day.

They need to be pledges for change on Burnett roads every day, whether this is in driver behaviour or the physical condition of our roads, so that our loved ones can get home safely.