Lead foot P-platers put lives at risk
FRIGHTENING data has revealed hundreds of thousands of Queensland’s most inexperienced drivers are flouting the law.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said data collected between January 2013 and April 2018 highlighted the disturbing trend.
The figures exposed more than 212,000 learner drivers and P-platers who had been caught driving between 13km/h and 20km/h over the limit in the past five years.
Ms Hunter said it was proof more needed to be done to increase education and police enforcement.
“These are scary stats and show just how foolish many young Queensland drivers are,” Ms Hunter said.
“We know this is a very vulnerable group of road users given their inexperience behind the wheel and it’s such a concern because travelling at these speeds could cause serious injuries, or even death, in the event of a crash.
“Speeding is one of the five biggest killers on Queensland roads and it’s shocking so many of our most inexperienced drivers are taking these risks.”