Spike in speeding drivers in Queensland

A sharp rise in the rate of speeding motorists on Queensland roads is continuing to cause concern for police with a 26 per cent increase in speed camera detection rates.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said officers had also reported disturbingly high speeds across the state over the past month.

“Despite a 30 per cent reduction of vehicles on Queensland roads, we are seeing a significant increase in the proportion of speeding drivers,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“It is very concerning how often our officers and speed camera systems are detecting exceptionally high speeds.

“The risks of speeding have not changed and the faster you go, the more consequence there is if you hit something or someone else.”

In the past five weeks, the overall rate of detection (per 1,000 vehicles monitored) for operating speed cameras increased by an average of 26 per cent.

The rate of speed camera trailer detections jumped 74 per cent, fixed speed cameras at traffic lights increased 84 per cent and fixed point to point cameras climbed 124 per cent.

Assistant Commissioner Keating said the sharp increase in speed detections could be associated with a misconception of reduced police activity.

“Police are still proactively patrolling road networks and our fixed and mobile trailer cameras are still active to ensure motorists were obeying the road rules,” he said.

“The road rules in Queensland have not changed in any way and motorists exceeding the speed limit can expect to see enforcement action taken by police.”

High speed examples

• 115km/h in a 60km/h zone on Deception Bay Road at Deception Bay – April 24, 2020

• 140km/h in a 90km/h zone on Maroochydore Road at Forest Glen – April 23, 2020

• 147km/h in a 100km//h zone on Bruce Highway at Maryborough – April 23, 2020

• 156km/h in a 100km/h zone on Ipswich Motorway at Goodna – April 22, 2020

• 133km/h in 110km/h zone on M1 at Ormeau – April 22, 2020

• 146km/h in 100km/h zone on Bruce Highway, Bernaraby – April 13, 2020

• 112km/h in 80km/h zone on Teviot Road, South Maclean – April 13, 2020

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