Who’s hurt by speeding?
One in three people killed or injured in crashes involving speed are not the driver of the vehicle.
Find out why these road users are so vulnerable.
Bicycle riders can be difficult to see and on occasion can be unpredictable. Keeping to the speed limit gives drivers time to avoid possibly deadly collisions and keeps the roads safe for all users.
Young men are sometimes prone to risk-taking behaviour like speeding. Encouraging family and friends to think about their speed and keep to the speed limits is an important part of keeping them safe.
Some older people may have slower reaction times. Observing speed limits allows drivers to stop in time to keep older people safe.
Even with the best protective gear, a motorcyclist often comes off second best if hit by a car at speed. They’re often hard to see, often appearing without drivers realising they’re there. The best way to avoid collisions is to observe speed limits.
Road workers’ jobs require them to be exposed to traffic. Slowing down around road works and keeping to the (often reduced) speed limits will help avoid injuries and deaths amongst the people who work on our roads.
Children often behave unpredictably and no matter how well they’re taught, won’t always do the right thing when crossing the road. Keep to the speed limit to give yourself the best chance of stopping in time to avoid hitting a child.
How many people on average do you think are killed or seriously injured in crashes involving speed every year in Queensland?
See the truth behind the excuse.
“I resent speed cameras, they’re all about revenue raising.”
Speed camera fines don’t go into general government revenue. They are used to improve sections of roads where crashes occur, road safety education and awareness programs, and injury rehabilitation programs.
“Everyone drives a little over the limit so it can’t be that dangerous.”
Over half of all crashes involving speed happen at up to 10km per hour over the speed limit.
“I might speed a little when I’m running late, but not dangerously fast.”
Even a few kilometres over the speed limit can be the difference between stopping in time and a devastating collision.
Speeding quick quiz
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