Excuse us, while we justify speed

WE MIGHT be quick with excuses when it comes to speeding, but Gladstone's top cop says no excuse justifies going too fast.

A 2015 Transport and Main Roads survey found central Queensland drivers were more likely to justify speeding than those in other parts of the state.

The survey also found southern region residents were more likely to speed during the day in fine conditions; south-eastern Queenslanders believed they should be allowed to drive or ride at 65kmh in 60kmh zones; and northern Queenslanders were more likely than the rest of the state to speed when overtaking or driving on rural roads.

In Gladstone, 10 people died and at least 46 people were seriously injured in speed-related crashes from January 2008 to December last year.

Australian Regional Media, publisher of this newspaper, is working with the Queensland Government to reduce speed-related crashes on our roads through a safe driving campaign.

The campaign focuses on increasing awareness of the risks associated with low-

level speeding - up to 10kmh over the speed limit.

Central policing region's Assistant Commissioner Alistair Dawson said drivers should consider themselves on notice for the entire Easter long weekend as countless uniformed and plain clothes officers do their best to keep our roads free of deaths.

"If you're speeding you can probably expect to get caught," Asst Comm Dawson said.

"Our focus is going to be very much on speed.

"Any kilometres per hour over the speed limit can lead to a traffic crash and it can make things a lot worse in terms of people getting seriously hurt."



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