QIFENG-We are often asked to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.
These shoes represent people who will never get that chance.
On Fatality Free Friday, drivers are asked for one simple favour; just one day without a death on our roads.
Organisers of the annual event, now in its fifth year, laid out 1400 pairs of shoes across Brisbane's Reddacliff Place to represent the average number of people killed on Australian roads each year.
Last year in Queensland, 269 people died in fatal car crashes. This year, the state's road toll stands at 108, 13 higher than the same time last year.
Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said much of the responsibility of road safety rested with motorists and the choices they made.
“The really sad thing about this and the tragic injuries which ruin lives and families, is almost every time it happens, it is avoidable,” he said.
“It need not happen, it doesn't have to happen.”
Mr Atkinson said the Queensland road toll had peaked in 1973, “when there were a lot less drivers and vehicles on the roads than there is today”, when 638 people died on states roads.
The lowest Queensland yearly toll was in 2010, when 249 lives were lost.
Police minister Jack Dempsey said it was still too many, considering the ripple effect a fatal crash had on the community around it.
“We look at the symbols, 1400 pairs of shoes out here, representing what could be members of one's own family, whether it be a little child or an adult or an elderly person,” he said.
“There are work boots, there are school shoes, but what they are a symbol of suffering that a lot of the time is unnecessary.
“If we can have one day that we can have fatality free, that is a start, but we really have to be able to change behaviours, because police can't do it alone.”
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