Road safety research into driving habits of Qld’s international visitors

International visitors travelling on Queensland roads will soon enjoy safer opportunities to explore the state thanks to new research being undertaken into driver behaviour.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said invitations were being called to develop and trial new road safety measures for international visitors. 
“We want to ensure that all visitors including our international visitors remain safe on our roads,” Mr Bailey said.
“This is a timely measure with Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week and United National Global Road Safety Week being highlighted until 14 May.
“Tourists often make the most of our great state by taking self-drive holidays but we need to know we’re doing all we can to help keep them safe.
“While there have been very few fatal crashes involving international drivers over the last five years, any fatality on our roads is a serious concern.
“The safety of tourists and others sharing our roads continues to be a high priority especially because tourism is an important component of Queensland’s economy.”
Mr Bailey said tenders are now open for the development and trial of road safety countermeasures for international visitors to Queensland.
“Our understanding of how international visitors use our roads is based on research conducted 10 years ago, so we are well overdue to gain some more current data on this,” he said.
“This research will help us better understand the characteristics of tourists who choose to drive during their visit and the types of road incidents they are involved in.
“With this understanding, we can better target education for tourists planning to drive on our roads.”
Information is available on the QTenders website https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark Bailey

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