RACQ shocked at seatbelt slips

The State’s peak motoring body has been left shocked at the number of Queensland drivers busted flouting the road rules this festive break, with 17 people arrested for failing to wear their seatbelts in just one day.

Queensland Police figures showed a total of 84 drivers were caught failing to buckle up since the beginning of the Festive Break period, which kicked off on Saturday 23 December.

More than 330 drivers have so far been nabbed driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, with one woman caught at Peregian Beach with a blood alcohol reading of 0.245, almost five times over the legal limit.

Another driver was stung travelling at more than 200km/hr over the speed limit on the Pacific Motorway at Slacks Creek.

RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said there was no excuse for putting people’s lives at risk.

“So far this year there’s been 246 fatalities on Queensland roads, that’s 246 families who will spend this holiday season mourning, instead of celebrating, Mr Spalding said.

“If you choose to break the law by speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or driving under the influence while behind the wheel, you’re not only risking your own life, but the lives of other road users.

“We’re again urging drivers to do the right thing to ensure we all get to where we’re going in one piece.”