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Qld cricketers put the heat on road safety

AAP logoAAP 11/09/2016 Darren Cartwright

Tougher learner driver tests mean more aspiring young licence holders are failing to get access to Queensland's roads, says Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey.

Mr Bailey, who was promoting a road safety awareness campaign to be headlined by Twenty20 team Brisbane Heat, says there is a concerning high rate of young fatalities on Queensland roads.

He said overall there were five more fatalities this year than for the same time in 2015 and although "young people" represent just 14 per cent of all drivers, they account for 34 per cent of all fatalities.

"The high rate of fatalities for young drivers has been a problem over time. We are attacking from a number of different ways," Mr Bailey said.

"We've made the learner driver practical test a lot tougher in June last year ... we are having young people failing their test now because they are not good enough to get their licence, and that's the way it should be."

He said learner drivers are responsible when someone is supervising them but once they graduate to a provisional licence "we see the crash and fatality rate spike and it takes a while to come down."

Brisbane Heat paceman and Queensland police officer Luke Feldman has attended more than 50 road fatalities.

"It's hard seeing it (a road fatality) for starters but I found it harder ... delivering death messages to families after the road incidents," he said.

"Yeah, I have (walked away upset), I think every officer has.

"Me being a father myself now ... if everyone drove the way that you drive going from the hospital to your house with your child in the car, I don't think there would be a fatality on the road."

The $125,000 state government-backed campaign will be prominent during the Brisbane Heat's Twenty20 matches at the Gabba this summer.

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