To date, Qld's road toll for 2010 is in stark contrast to recent past years and some of the other states. For once Qld is doing its bit on the low side. On 15 October I attended an excellent set of presentations at the Qld Road Safety Awards Community Engagement Workshop. The Acting Police Commissioner, Superintendent Col Campbell delivered some up-to-date and very interesting figures, as follows: As at 11th October, the QLD Road Toll was 85 less than the comparative period in 2009, and 72 less than the previous 5 year average. The rate of 6.04 fatalities per 100 000 population in 2009-10 was the lowest road fatality rate recorded in Queensland for a financial year since accurate records began in 1952. National & QLD Comparison Jurisdictional Road Fatality Trends The major characteristics (Sep '09 to Aug '10) of the Qld road toll: 92.1% Human factors 11.0% Road factors 2.8% Vehicle factors 6.7% Atmospheric/Lighting conditions The major human behaviours: 20.9% Speeding drivers riders 18.5% Drink driving 18.5% Illegal manoeuvre 15.7% Unrestrained occupants 15.4% Fatigue Major characteristics: 25.6% Young drivers (17-24) 21.7% senior adult drivers (60+) 20.1% Heavy freight vehicles 13.8 Motorbikes. One particularly interesting slide put up by the Superintendent (which was good to see): "Road Safety is considered a public health issue and therefore part of the public health program." Of course currently governments put road safety into the transport, roads and police domains, rather than under health. However the principle has merit, and I understood the point being made was in the context of the need for a significant shift in thinking.