ABC: Police worried about carnage on Qld roads
Police say most of the fatal crashes on southern Queensland roads this year have occurred in high-speed zones.
A man was killed in a crash near Miles yesterday while another died in a collision with a truck at Dalby on Tuesday.
The local road toll stands at 44, 16 more than the same time last year.
Acting Inspector Tony Newman says it is a worrying statistic.
"A number of road fatalities that we've had this year have involved elements of the fatal five," he said.
"It's unfortunate that despite the attention the fatal five gets, people still continue to speed, drive while fatigued, inattention - it's certainly a big concern for us as well.
"A significant number of our accidents that have happened this year.
"Approximately 64 per cent of those have occurred in 100-kilometre-an-hour zones and a number of road fatalities that we've had this year have involved elements of the fatal five."
The president of a car crash trauma group believes his volunteer organisation can help reduce the number of people being killed on Queensland roads.
The State Government is offering $2 million in grants of up to $25,000 for non-profit groups to help tackle Queensland's rising road toll.
Road Trauma Services Queensland helps crash victims, including the families of offending drivers, and holds regular safe driving awareness seminars.
Garry Church says magistrates also send traffic offenders to the seminars to try and improve their poor driving record.
"Some of the comments that you see by these people that we call court referrals say that, 'I was forced to come here, I didn't want to come here'," he said.
"At the conclusion they'll say, 'this was very rewarding to me, I've learnt a lot, it's certainly going to change my driving'.
"So I think we are getting the message out to those who need to be re-educated."