Speeding - get the facts

Speeding is one of the major killers on Queensland roads.

On average 56 people are killed and 317 seriously injured each year on Queensland roads as a result of speed related crashes. Many of those hospitalised will suffer from the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives1.

‘Speeding’ refers to driving faster than the posted speed limit. It also means driving too fast for the conditions and the driver’s skill and experience.

Please drive within the speed limit and to the conditions, for your own safety, your passenger's safety and all other road users around you.

You'll have more time to react to:

  • the actions of other road users around you like vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
  • changes to the road environment itself such as pot holes and obstacles.

We want to stop you, before speeding does

Expect police anywhere, anytime on Queensland roads.

Find out the penalties, fines, double demerit points, organisational penalties for speeding and how to pay an infringement notice.

Find out more about speed and red light cameras.


Did you know?

  • The average fine for speeding is equivalent to 5 hours work (based on the average Queensland wage).
  • 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.
  • On average, speeding only saves us 77 seconds per commute2. Is just over one minute really worth the risk of hurting yourself or others, or the fines and demerit points?

Know the risks

  • 1 in 3 people killed or injured in crashes involving speed are not the driver of the vehicle.
  • Around half of all serious speeding crashes happen at less than 10km/h above the speed limit3.
  • Just over 5km/h above the speed limit in urban areas (and 10km/h above in rural areas) is enough to double the risk of a casualty crash4.
  • More than half (56%) of Queensland drivers admit to speeding on more than half of their road trips5.

Tips to avoid speeding

  • Regularly check your speed to ensure you are travelling within the posted speed limit. It can also be hard to accurately judge speed after travelling at a high speed for a period of time.
  • You may need to travel below the speed limit and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front if the weather, traffic or road conditions are poor.
  • Leave sufficient distance between you and the vehicle in front (usually more than a car length), and when travelling at higher speeds, increase the distance to allow at least two-four seconds so you have enough time to react and brake.

Speed limits on Queensland’s roads

Ever wondered why one road has a speed limit that’s different to another similar road or how speed limits are set?

Find out more


References
  1. Department of Transport and Main Roads Qld. Unpublished data extracted 21 March 2020 using road casualty statistics 2014-2019.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) average commute distance of 16.6km from home to work in Queensland and a vehicle travelling at 65kmh compared to 60km/h.
  3. Kloeden CN, McLean AJ, Moore VM, Ponte G, 1997 Travelling Speed and the Risk of Crash Involvement Volume 1: Findings NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit The University of Adelaide
  4. Doecke, S., & Kloeden, C.N. (2014). The accuracy of determining speeding directly from mass crash data and using the NSW Centre for Road Safety method. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 25(1), 35–41.
  5. Footprints Market Research (2020). Department of Transport and Main Roads Driver Attitudes & Behaviour State-wide Research.

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