Despite a massive reduction in the number of vehicles on our roads due to the coronavirus crisis, those who are travelling appear to be stepping on the pedal a lot harder.
In the past five weeks, there has been a 26 per cent increase in speed camera detection rates, with the rate of speed trailer camera detections jumping by 74 per cent.
Speed cameras at traffic lights have also increased 84 per cent and point to point cameras climbed a whopping 124 per cent.
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Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said he believes the sharp increase in speeding motorists is due to people believing not as many officers are out on the roads at the moment.
“Police are still proactively patrolling road networks and our fixed and mobile trailer cameras are still active to ensure motorists were obeying the road rules,” he said.
“The road rules in Queensland have not changed in any way and motorists exceeding the speed limit can expect to see enforcement action taken by police.”
Assistant Commissioner Keating said officers had also reported disturbingly high speeds across the state over the past month.
“Despite a 30 per cent reduction of vehicles on Queensland roads, we are seeing a significant increase in the proportion of speeding drivers,” he said.
“It is very concerning how often our officers and speed camera systems are detecting exceptionally high speeds.”
On Wednesday, a woman was pulled over on the Pacific Motorway at Ormeau after she was detected travelling 133km/h in 110km/h zone.
Some of the other high speed examples that have been detected over the past month include 156km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Ipswich Motorway at Goodna on April 22, 146km/h in 100km/h zone on the Bruce Highway in Bernaraby on April 13 and 115km/h in a 60km/h zone on Deception Bay Road at Deception Bay today.