While most Queenslanders get cranky when they see people breaking road rules, new RACQ research has found they don’t actually know what’s legal when it comes to some of our most common laws.
RACQ Executive Manager Public Policy Michael Roth said when quizzed on road rules surrounding cyclists, the majority of people knew only the basics.
“While almost everyone knows a helmet is mandatory in Queensland, just less than half of people surveyed were aware it’s legal for cyclists to ride two abreast, and 52 percent didn’t know bikes are allowed to be ridden on footpaths,” Mr Roth said.
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“Alarmingly, 70 percent of people don’t know cars can cross double lines to overtake a bike when safe to do so and 73 percent aren’t aware it’s legal for bikes to be ridden across pedestrian crossings.
“The same respondents were asked if they were annoyed when they saw rules being broken, and overwhelmingly the answer was yes. Obviously this leads to the question of how many people are actually seeing laws being broken at all.”
Mr Roth said the research findings gave weight to calls for road users to sit a road rule refresher to keep up to date with road rules.
“More than half of RACQ members have told us they would support refresher tests,” he said.
“RACQ isn’t in favour of motorists re-sitting a practical driving test; however an informative theory refresher can be as simple as an electronic questionnaire every five years when it comes time to renew your licence.
“For your own safety and the safety of other road users there’s no excuse for not knowing and following the rules.
“Improved knowledge can also lead to better behaviour on the road. We know most road users will mirror courteous behaviours shown towards them, while acting impolitely toward someone else on the road increases the chance of a rude reply.
“People are getting upset when they see perfectly legal behaviour because they don’t know the road rule. Increased awareness of the rules will reduce stress and aggravation on our roads.”