EXCITED Queenslanders planning a road trip during the school holidays have been urged to make safety their top priority.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said highways around the state would be busier as holidaymakers took to the roads.
“Queensland’s road toll is the worst we’ve seen in a decade, and sadly the behaviours which contribute to the number of lives lost and serious injuries on our roads are all avoidable,” Mr Bailey said.
“Speeding, running red lights and failing to wear seatbelts are all major contributors to our road toll.
“When there are more people on the roads, all racing to be with family or friends, we often see a spike in this dangerous behaviour.
“To encourage safer driving and deter these risky behaviours, those who choose to do the wrong thing will face significantly higher penalties for some high-risk offences from July 1.
“I make no apologies for being tough on reckless behaviour that endangers every single user of the road.”
Mr Bailey said the penalty increase would hit drivers where it hurt – their wallet.
“We’ve already seen nearly 30,000 people caught not wearing a seatbelt or not wearing one properly, which is why this offence will also see a significant increase to $1078 and an uplift in demerit points.
“The message is simple – if you don’t want to be penalised, do the right thing on our roads.
“Make no mistake, cameras and police are everywhere – you will be caught, anywhere anytime,” Mr Bailey said.
Penalty increases from July 1.
|Km over speed limit||Previous fine||New fine||Demerit points|
|1-10km/h||$183||$287||1 demerit point|
|11-20km/h||$275||$431||3 demerit points|
|21-30km/h||$459||$646||4 demerit points|
|31-40km/h||$643||$1,078||6 demerit points|
|40km/h and over||$1,286||$1,653||8 demerit points, and an automatic 6-month licence suspension.|