Dan­gers clear to see

Daily Mercury - - YOUR SAY -

DRIVERS are be­ing re­minded of the dan­gers of low-level speed­ing, in a re-run of the ‘Let’s change the way we look at speed’ road safety cam­paign, which started Sun­day.

The cam­paign high­lights the dan­gers of low-level speed­ing on sub­ur­ban roads, some­thing many drivers re­fused to ac­cept as a dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour.

Queens­land Gov­ern­ment re­search shows 94 per cent of peo­ple ad­mit to speed­ing and nearly 50 per cent ad­mit to ex­ceed­ing the des­ig­nated speed limit by up to 10km/h most of the time.

Peo­ple need to un­der­stand the dan­ger of what they are do­ing, for the sake of them­selves, their loved ones and the peo­ple they are en­dan­ger­ing.

On av­er­age, 58 peo­ple are killed and 295 se­ri­ously in­jured on Queens­land roads an­nu­ally in speed-re­lated crashes, and many of those hos­pi­talised will suf­fer the ef­fects of their in­juries for the rest of their lives.

It’s time for drivers to change their be­hav­iour and un­der­stand the real dan­ger of what they are do­ing.

The cam­paign shows a se­ri­ous crash caused by low-level speed­ing on a sub­ur­ban street.

It re­ally brings home the re­al­ity of how dan­ger­ous go­ing just a few kilo­me­tres over the speed limit is and how it can im­pact other in­no­cent road users.

The cam­paign runs un­til Oc­to­ber 21. Mark Bai­ley, Queens­land Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Main Roads

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