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About speeding

Speeding killed 50 people in 2017

Speeding is one of the major causes of fatalities on Queensland roads. Speeding is defined as driving over the posted speed limit or at a speed that is inappropriate for the driving conditions (e.g. rain, fog, traffic volume, traffic flow).

During 2017 there were 50 fatalities as a result of crashes involving speeding motorists, representing approximately 20% of the Queensland Road Toll.

Visit road toll statistics to find out more information on Queensland’s road crash data.

Speed limits are set and enforced to reduce crashes and save lives. Fines and demerit points apply when a person is caught driving a vehicle above the posted speed limit.  

It is not safe to speed in any circumstance.

Driving within the speed limit maximises your stopping distance, giving you more time to react to:

  • the actions of other road users around you like vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
  • changes to the road environment itself such as pot holes and obstacles.

Speed-related social costs

Aside from the tragedy of road deaths, road crashes result in high costs to the community in the forms of:

  • hospital and health care costs
  • lost productivity in the workplace
  • the cost of using emergency services.

Speed-related fatalities and hospitalised casualties in Queensland have an estimated cost of $3.2 billion each year†‡.

Based on road crash data from 1 Jan 2012 – 31 December 2016.
‡Social cost figures are provided in 2017 dollar value using the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics 2006 social cost estimates.

Suburban speed limits

The speed limit in built-up areas in Queensland is 50km/h unless otherwise indicated by signs.

Road worker safety

Roadworks are necessary to build new roads and keep our existing roads safe however, roadwork sites can be dangerous. You need to take extra care when driving through roadworks, this is for your safety and the safety of the road workers who are improving our roads.

Road workers are our friends, our family, and our colleagues and work in one of the most dangerous and vulnerable workplaces you could imagine. They deserve to have a safe workplace. 

Road safety research

Find more information about road safety research projects and activities run by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.