Drivers admit to speeding in built up areas

The State’s peak motoring body has issued a stern warning for drivers to slow down, after more than 20 percent of motorists admitted to speeding in built up areas.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the data, obtained in RACQ’s Annual Road Safety Report, was especially concerning given weekend children’s sport was now in full swing.

“Our suburban streets and local sporting grounds are extremely busy on the weekends at the moment with thousands of families dropping children off and spectating at games,” Ms Hunter said.

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“To learn one in five drivers admit to speeding in built up areas, where the posted speed limit is between 40km/h and 60km/h, is truly shocking.”

Ms Hunter said the speed limits were in place for a reason and urged drivers to observe them.

“These are built up suburban areas where we see a lot of vulnerable road users like children, cyclists and pedestrians,” she said.

“Children especially don’t have the same road safety awareness as adults, so if you’re going too fast, and you can’t slow down in time, the consequences could be catastrophic.”