Lead foots on the road
SPEEDING remains the big issue on Queensland roads with the statistics showing an increasing trend of drivers speeding on rural roads.
A report from the Australian Road Safety Foundation found that Queensland drivers are 1.5 times more likely to speed on rural roads than they are on city or suburban streets.
Additionally, 1/3 Queensland drivers believe that rural road rules should be relaxed to allow for higher speed limits, higher blood alcohol limits and mobile phone usage.
Sue Macklyn from Elite Driving Education believes that the idea of raising speed limits around the region is just ludicrous.
"What do people want to raise the limits out here,?” Ms Macklyn said.
"It is what it is, raising the speed limit is ridiculous.
"People speed anyway regardless of the limit."You have the ones who don't care or have a blaise attitude towards speeding.”
Ms Macklyn is all too familiar on the impacts that speeding can cause on rural roads and the message it sends to her students.
"I was heading from Mundubbera to Gayndah and there's part of the road with black soil and is very uneven, no way you could drive over it 100km/h safely and there was a council sign of 60km/h,” she said.
"With a four-wheel drive following, we hit the 60 zone and she was all over the back of me in her four wheel drive.
"The passenger seat of that car had a daughter with a Gayndah high school uniform on.
"The mother showing it's okay to tailgate, too not drive to the limits in a unsafe area.
"What messages is the mother teaching her daughter, it's okay to ride 2-3 meters in the car's in front.”
Senior Sergeant Nick Paton, from the Biloela Police, said that they'll be an increased effort in deterring speeding and dangerous driving in the coming weeks.
"We'll be conducting an operation that week (August 26-30) with the focus on the Fatal Five so daily we'll be covering different sections of that Fatal Five to address some driving issues and education,” Srg Paton said.
"If people are seen infringing the law in regards to any of the Fatal five during the week then they'll be dealt with as we're particularly looking at them.”