Don't fall victim to the fatal five this long weekend

THE RACQ and Central Queensland's helicopter rescue service, RACQ CQ Rescue, are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads throughout the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends to avoid falling victim to the "Fatal Five".

RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson T'aire Olsen said in 2014 so far, statistics showed that 20% of all CQ Rescue's missions were to retrieve patients from road crashes where one or more of the 'Fatal Five' may have been a contributing factor.

The 'Fatal Five' include drink or drug driving, speeding, and driving when fatigued, distracted or without seatbelts.

"In the first quarter of 2014 we have seen an increase in the number of road crashes we have attended compared to the same period last year, so we strongly urge motorists to drive safely over the Easter and Anzac Day long weekend, to keep you and your loved ones safe," Ms Olsen said.

RACQ spokesperson Niki Kormendy said poor decision making and risk taking when behind the wheel could lead to a life-changing crash.

"Queensland's road toll to date (56) is well behind the toll at the same time last year (85) and we're not alone in wanting to keep it as low as possible," Ms Kormendy said.

"We can all do our bit to reduce the road toll. Our safety on the roads depends on several factors, including the quality of the roads and the safety ratings of our cars - but it also depends on our driving behaviour.

"If we all do our best to avoid the Fatal Five we will be helping to reduce the road toll."

Ms Kormendy said it was also important to be careful about who you drove with.

"If you have even the slightest doubt about whether the driver is fit to operate a car due to drinking or being fatigued, then discourage that person from driving and delay your trip, or find alternative transport," she said.

"Every time someone is killed or injured on our roads, the ensuing trauma has a potentially life-long effect on families, friends and even whole communities. We want to avoid that over the Easter break."