RACQ slams ‘Queenslanders with a death wish’ after shocking police stats

RACQ has pleaded with all riders and drivers to slow down, after Queensland Police caught hundreds of Queenslanders speeding over the weekend.

Queensland Police alleged around 300 riders and drivers were clocked speeding over the operation with 67 caught traveling up to 40 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said those speeds were astounding and unacceptable.

“This behaviour, by a small percentage of road users, is quite frankly a disgrace. These are people who have a death wish or are on a path to killing others on our roads,” Mr Turner said.

“This year 212 people have died in crashes which is well above the five-year average. But we need to remember the road toll isn’t just a number, it’s 212 people who’ve left behind grieving families, friends and loved ones who will continue to despair for years to come.

“Speed was a contributing factor in 22 percent of all road deaths in Queensland last year. We all know speed is killer, and while these examples are extreme, our research has shown more than 70 percent of Queensland drivers admit to going too fast behind the wheel.

“We’re calling on people to do the right thing – the fatal five are there for a reason. Don’t speed, make sure you wear a seatbelt, don’t drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol and don’t get behind the wheel tired or distracted. It’s that simple.”

Mr Turner said motorcyclists were particularly vulnerable on the road, with more than 20 percent of all fatalities in 2019 involving riders.

“Motorcyclists don’t have the same physical protection as drivers and they’ll always come off second best in a crash, so seeing this footage is particularly disturbing” he said.

“We urge riders to protect themselves on the roads, by wearing helmets and quality safety gear, making sure they’re visible to all road users, riding to the conditions and most importantly sticking to the speed limit.

“Motorists also have a role to play in protecting motorcyclists by giving them plenty of space and double checking your blind spots, particularly when changing lanes.”