Keep your loved ones safe on the road this Christmas
THE Christmas period is the most dangerous time to be on the road, motoring body RACQ has warned.
The Queensland motoring body has urged speeding drivers to slow down as thousands of motorists hit the road for the start of the school holidays, and said the Christmas holiday period was the highest risk time for fatalities on Queensland roads.
RACQ's Lauren Ritchie highlighted the dangers of the 'Fatal Five' driving behaviours, particularly speeding, which contributed to more than 25 percent of the State's road crash fatalities this year.
"Even just a little over the speed limit is still speeding," Ms Ritchie said.
"Drivers need to take this seriously and recognise that the faster you go, the harder you hit.
"Sadly the Queensland road toll currently sits at 225, compared to 230 the same time last year and if you're going to speed you risk becoming a statistic."
Ms Ritchie said data, released to RACQ by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, found more than 290,000 people were fined in Queensland for speeding within 13kmh over the limit in the first half of this year.
"It's worrying to see just how many people aren't paying attention to their speedometer, or are choosing to ignore the speed limit altogether," she said
"The limit is in place for a reason and even a few kilometres over can be extremely dangerous for you and everyone else on the road."
Ms Ritchie said the North Coast and Wide Bay/Burnett region had the highest number of fatalities on the road this year.
"More than 63 people have already lost their lives in the area, which is one of the worst records in five years," she said.
"Getting to your destination in one piece these holidays is far more important than trying to get there a little earlier."