Half of Queenslanders would not ask speeding drivers to ease off

RACQ has asked passengers to call out lead-footed drivers, reminding Queenslanders it was everyone’s responsibility to keep our roads safe.

According to new research released by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), 49 percent of Australians would not ask speeding drivers to slow down, with some respondents stating it was simply not their place to ask another motorist to ease off.

The report highlighted irresponsible drivers were not solely to blame, but also those who sat back and allowed it to happen.

RACQ’s Steve Spalding said the report found 55 percent of Queenslanders would not feel comfortable speaking up.

“We need to change the stigma around being a back-seat driver, it’s everyone’s place to caution another driver – especially when they’re breaking the law,” Mr Spalding said.

“No one should feel uncomfortable calling out someone for doing the wrong thing. We all should be speaking up to make our journeys as safe as possible.

“Too many motorists drive without noticing their speed and one second of inattention can result in tragedy.”

Mr Spalding said it was a timely reminder with Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week ending on Sunday.

ARSF Founder and CEO Russell White told News Corp reducing the tragic loss of life on the roads relied on ‘peer pressure and not from authorities dictating road laws’.

“We need to create a culture where we call each other out on bad behaviour behind the wheel, instead of shuffling the responsibility onto others,” Mr White said.

The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) has released this research ahead of Fatality Free Friday, which will be held on May 26.