Speeding motorists are being put on notice as police ramp up efforts to stop the rising trauma on Queensland roads.
Twenty lives have already been lost on Queensland roads in February while 600 people have been injured in traffic crashes. Queensland’s Lives Lost toll stands at 40, which is 3 more than at the same time last year and more than double than at the same time in 2020 (18).
Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said speed continued to be a contributing factor in the majority of serious crashes.
“Already this year we have seen a lot of trauma, a lot of shattered families and a lot of preventable tragedies on our roads,” Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder said.
“In many of these incidents, excessive speed has been the main cause of the crash.”
He said police had ramped up enforcement activity, conducting operations across the state.
“Our officers are seeing extremely dangerous risk-taking behaviour on our roads, particularly when it comes to speeding. Some of the worst offenders are doing double the speed limit which is idiotic and reckless and will not be tolerated.
“We are conducting localised traffic operations across Queensland and will continue to do all we can to make our roads safer.
“Police will continue to target dangerous road users so motorists doing the wrong thing should expect us anywhere, anytime.”
Enforcement activity in the first half of February (Feb 1 to 17) includes:
• 7,700 speeding fines issued by police
• 55,000 RBTs & RDTs conducted
• 722 drink drivers detected
• 586 positive drug drivers detected
• 15,875 traffic infringement notices