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Road safety

The City works with the education and community sector, advocacy groups and the state and federal government to provide a safe, functional transport system for all.

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Road safety

Achieving significant change in road safety requires government, industry and the community to work together. Everyone has a role to play, from planning and creating safer roads through to making the choice to safely use the transport system.

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Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015–20

The Plan provides a blueprint for how City of Gold Coast and key stakeholders will work together to improve the safety of the city’s transport system.

It outlines actions to improve the safety of the transport system including: increasing community awareness of contemporary road safety issues; implementing local road network measures; ensuring accountability between partners.

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Driving while under the influence

A quarter of all Queensland road fatalities are caused by motorists who are driving while under the influence. Drinking alcohol affects your judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes, increasing your risk of having a crash.

Have you left yourself enough time for your body to process the alcohol? Ensure you’re fit to drive the next day.

View our Get home safely on the Gold Coast fact sheet.

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Pedestrian safety

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash because they have no protection if they are involved in incidents with vehicles. Alcohol is a factor in 45 per cent of pedestrian crashes. If you’re planning a night out, make sure you plan how to get home safe.

Find out more about pedestrian safety.

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Motorcycle safety

Motorcycle riders are among our most vulnerable road users. Approximately 14 per cent of all serious road trauma on the Gold Coast involves motorcyclists. Over half of these crashes occur within five kilometres of our coastline and a quarter within our hinterland. Most at risk are male, mature age and from South East Queensland.

Find out more about motorcycle road safety.

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Bicycle safety

Cyclists are vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash because they have limited protection, particularly if they are involved in incidents with a vehicle.

Whether you are a motorist, a cyclist, or both, we all need to share the road responsibly.

Learn additional safety tips and view our bicycle safety fact sheet here.

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Youth road safety

Young people aged between 17 to 24 years are among our most vulnerable road users.

Find out more about the key factors influencing road safety for youths on the Gold Coast and view our fact sheet here.

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Seniors road safety

Recent trends reveal that crashes and injuries among our older road users are increasing.

Find out more about the key factors influencing road safety for seniors and download the Seniors' safe travel guide.

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Speeding is a major factor in serious and fatal injury crashes on the Gold Coast. Speeding includes driving: faster than the legal speed limit; too fast for current conditions (weather, light, traffic and road); without full regard for the vehicle’s condition and/or the driver’s skills and experience.

Learn more about City of Gold Coast’s established ‘Drive Safe’ community speed awareness program or view our Speeding on the Gold Coast fact sheet.

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Projects and strategies

City of Gold Coast is currently implementing a range of projects and strategies in relation to traffic and transport improvements and upgrades.

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