Ahead of Road Safety Week, police have slammed the behaviour of an erratic driver.
Ahead of Road Safety Week, police have slammed the behaviour of an erratic driver. FILE

Wide Bay drivers on notice these school holidays

RACQ has put Wide Bay drivers on notice these school holidays, with new figures indicating over a third of drivers admitting to speeding on our local highways.

With this data coming from their Annual Road Safety Survey, RACQ'S Lauren Ritchie believes it is a much needed wake up call.

"It's incredibly alarming so many people are willing to push the limits, particularly at such high speeds,” said Ms Ritchie.

"The vast majority of drivers admit the only reason they speed is to keep up with other motorists.

It's better to get to your destination a little bit later than to not arrive at all.”

Ms Ritchie believes the statistics are worrying, with 18 percent and 31 percent of drivers admitting to breaking the speed limit in built up areas and on highways respectively.

Ms Ritchie wanted to remind those heading off road into the bush or sand for the holiday period, normal road rules still applied, with police targeting these areas over the holidays.

According to RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter Director of Aeromedical Service David Donaldson, crews were already on high alert for the season to come.

Over 115 car crashes were attended to last year by RACQ crews, including 18 in Bundaberg and 49 on the Sunshine Coast.

With car crashes being the common incidents for their helicopters, he believes "school holidays were a peak time for incidents,” Mr Donaldson said.


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