31 Aug 2018

Qld Road Safety Week - Driver Speeding

Speeding is considered one of the major killers on Queensland Roads... Queensland Road Safety Week focuses on refreshing your knowledge towards the "Fatal Five" issues that are faced by all road users.

Driver Speeding 

On average 58 people are killed and 295 seriously injured each year on Queensland roads as a result of speed related crashes 1

Speeding is often referred to as going faster than the posted speed limit, however it also means driving too fast for the prevailing conditions, such as vehicle condition, capabilities of driver, experience, weather etc. 

Here are the facts
  • Speed-related fatalities and hospitalised casualties in Queensland have an estimated social cost of $612 million each year2.
  • Around half of all serious speed-related crashes happen at less than 10km/h above the speed limit3.
  • Just over 5km/h above the speed limit in urban areas (and 10km/h above in rural areas) is enough to double the risk of a casualty crash. This is roughly equivalent to the increase in risk associated with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.054.

Think about it… As your speed increases, so does the distance you travel while processing information and reacting to a hazard. At the same time, the distance needed for you to stop also increases, in both dry and wet conditions.

Risky Behaviour 

Speeding is one of the most common factors associated with crashes, yet few drivers view their own speeding as dangerous. A 2018 Qld survey found5:

  • 48% admitted to speeding on all or most of their car trips
  • 94% speed at low levels, up to 5km over the limit on at least some of their road trips
  • 49% speed up to 10km over the limit
  • 27% speed in excess of 10km over the limit.
Tips to Avoid Speeding 
  • Regularly check your speed to ensure you are travelling within the posted speed limit.
  • If the weather, traffic or road conditions are poor, you may need to slow down, increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front, and travel below the speed limit to stay safe.
  • When slowing down from a higher speed, check your speedometer.
  • When changing lanes in front of a truck or bus, make sure you leave enough distance between you, taking into consideration they need significantly longer stopping distances.
  • Leave sufficient distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you can stop safely.
  • When driving, you share the road with others so the speed you choose needs to take into account their behaviour, including their mistakes.




1 Department of Transport and Main Roads Qld. Unpublished data extracted 27 June 2018 using road casualty statistics 2013-2017.
2 The WTP social cost figures are provided in 2014 dollar value using the 2015 National Guidelines for Transport System Management in Australia.
3 Doecke, S., & Kloeden, C.N. (2014). The accuracy of determining speeding directly from mass crash data and using the NSW Centre for Road Safety method. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 25(1), 35–41.
4 Australian Transport Council. (2008). National Road Safety Action Plan 2009–2010.
5 Footprints Market Research, Driver Segmentation Research, March 2018.