It’s not a race: Pace yourself to holidays
On the eve of school holidays, the State’s peak motoring body put drivers on notice after startling new figures showed more than one third of drivers admitted to speeding on freeways and highways.
According to the RACQ Annual Road Safety Survey, more than 30 percent of drivers admitted to travelling too fast on high speed roads in 90 to 110km/hour zones.
RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said with many people heading away over the holiday period it was a timely reminder to stick to the speed limit.
“It’s incredibly alarming so many people are willing to push the limits, particularly at such high speeds. It’s also scary to note the higher the speed limit, the more people who admitted to breaking the law,” Ms Ritchie said.
“In school zones, just 4 percent of drivers admitted to speeding, but that number increased quickly to 18 percent in built up areas and then 31 percent on freeways and highways.
“The vast majority of drivers admit the only reason they speed is to keep up with other motorists. It’s not a race. It’s better to get to your destination a little bit later than to not arrive at all.”
Ms Ritchie reminded holidaymakers heading off-road that normal road rules still applied.
“If you’re taking your car on the sand, remember speeding and drink driving are still incredibly dangerous and illegal and police will certainly be targeting these areas over the holidays,” she said.
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter Director of Aeromedical Service David Donaldson said crews were on high alert for the holiday season having already attended more than 115 motor vehicle crashes this year, including 31 in Toowoomba and 12 in the Brisbane area.
“Car crashes are one of the most common incidents our fleet of helicopters is called to, across the state, and school holidays were a peak time for incidents,” Mr Donaldson said.