VIDEO: Drivers admit to speeding through road works
AN alarming number of Queensland motorists admit to putting their foot down and speeding through roadworks zones, according to new RACQ research.
RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said a disturbing 29 percent of motorists had owned up to speeding through roadworks where reduced speed signs were in place.
"Drivers who ignore speed limits at roadworks put both their lives and those of construction workers at risk," Mr Spalding said.
"It's also disappointing that more than 90 percent of respondents said the main reason they speed through these areas was to keep up with the flow of surrounding traffic.
"This is dangerous in itself as motorists who feel pressured to travel above the speed limit can be more distracted in their driving."
Mr Spalding said inattention and simply not agreeing with the speed limit set were the other significant reasons for speeding through these zones listed by those surveyed.
Do you go the speed limit through road works?
This poll ended on 16 July 2015.
Yes, the speed limit is in place for a reason.
No, because you get pressured by other drivers.
Sometimes, it depends on how far the roadwork is going.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"Last year the State Government announced a Traffic Management Improvement Project to overhaul inappropriate speed limit signage at roadworks, and we await the outcomes," he said.
"While it can be exasperating for motorists to deal with reduced speed limits at roadworks sites, it's vital to remember lower limits are there for a reason and these works are a necessary part of maintaining and upgrading our roads.
"By keeping traffic flowing where appropriate, frustrations can be minimised without compromising safety."