Drivers urged to turn frowns upside down for SAM

The State’s peak motoring body has urged Brisbane drivers to go Slow for SAM, after shocking new data revealed hundreds of motorists were speeding through suburban streets.

Courier Mail reported there were up to 20 locations in 2018-19 where at least half of all motorists were captured speeding past the smiley-faced monitors, with the worst being Ernest Road in South Brisbane where 97 percent of drivers were recorded going more than the 10km/h speed limit.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Slow for SAM signs were installed in neighbourhoods and school zones where speeding was a known problem. 

“While Sam won’t sting you with a fine like a speed camera does, he could help save a life,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“Even speeding just a few kilometres over the limit can have a huge impact on your ability to stop in time and avoid a crash.

“Speeding is one of the Fatal Five, and whether you’re driving too fast on a highway or quiet street – it can be deadly.”

Ms Ritchie said the Club also welcomed new wildlife-themed Slow for SAM signs which would soon be rolled out to encourage motorists to drive safely in areas with high numbers of koalas.

“Sadly, as motorists we’re heavily responsible for the tens of thousands of animals injured or killed on the roadside each year,” she said.

“We hope the new signs go a long way in helping drivers be more aware of our furry friends and save them from being struck down."

Top 20 Slow for SAM signs motorist were detecting speeding:
Azalea Crescent, Calamvale
Andaman Street, Jamboree Heights
Wallum Drive, Parkinson
Villa Street, Yeronga
Tanderra Way, Karana Downs
Oxley Station Road, Oxley
Albutt Street, Kuraby
Redwood Street, Stafford Heights
Cribb Road, Carindale
Tuffnell Road, Banyo
Ritchie Road, Pallara
Albutt Street, Kurababy 
School Road, Wynnum West
Livesay Road, Moggil
Moss Road, Wakerley
Algester Road, Parkinson
Cedarleigh Road, Kenmore
Dewar Terrace, Sherwood
Norman Avenue, Norman Park.