Queensland drivers admit to regularly breaking the speed limit

If you are an Australian fleet manager with vehicles operating in Queensland you might want to look at investing in fleet services that offer infringement management, if a new study conducted by one of the state's leading motoring bodies is anything to go by.

According to a survey conducted by the RACQ, more than two thirds - 71 per cent - of Queensland motorists willingly admit that they don’t stick to the posted speed limit when driving.

More than 20 per cent of survey respondents - who were all RACQ members - said that they always drive between one and five km/hour over the advised speed limit.

Perhaps of most concern will be the fact that nearly four per cent of survey participants admitted to speeding through school zones with a speed limit of 40 km/hour.

And RACQ executive general manager advocacy Paul Turner believes that this is not an issue to be flippant about, as excessive speed is one of the major causes of road accidents in Australia.

"Motorists need to remember that speeding is not only illegal but incredibly unsafe. Speed limits are there for a reason and it’s worrying to see so many Queensland motorists admit to exceeding them so often," said Mr Turner in a statement released October 24.

According to Mr Turner, the most common excuse given by drivers for going over the speed limit was in order to keep up with traffic flow.

However he insisted that drivers would need to take responsibility for themselves, rather than pay attention to others on the road, in order to slow down and reduce the amount of accidents caused by speeding.

"Speed limits are the maximum allowed for a section of road under good conditions, not a minimum speed,” said Mr Turner.

While speeding infringements might be frustrating to deal with, the survey also revealed that they may be an effective way of lowering peoples speeds - at least temporarily.

More than 84 per cent of respondents named marked on-road police patrols as being the most effective tool for getting motorists to slow down.

Hand-held speed cameras and combination fixed speed/red light cameras were also seen to be useful tools in the fight against speeding.