Slow down as restrictions ease

RACQ has pleaded with motorists to drive safely on the roads, as all travel restrictions within Queensland were lifted from midday Monday 1 June.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said 91 lives had been lost on Queensland roads so far this year, compared to 79 this time last year.

“This is incredibly concerning as there has been less traffic on the roads in the last couple of months due to coronavirus travel restrictions,” Ms Ritchie said.

“During this time, Queensland Police have also recorded an alarming number of motorists clocking speeds in excess of 180 kilometres per hour, which is just unfathomable.

“With restrictions now being lifted within the State, we’re reminding motorists to have safety front of mind – there will be more traffic on the roads so protecting everyone’s safety is paramount.”

Ms Ritchie said this week Queensland Police would reintroduce mobile speed cameras and increase their presence across the State.

“We hope this will deter drivers from doing the wrong thing and stop clocking up alarming speeds on our roads,” she said.

“If you’re going out for a drive this week, please avoid the fatal five. Don’t speed or drive when you’re tired, don’t drink and drive, wear your seatbelt and avoid distractions at all times.

“These simple steps could save your life or someone else’s.”