Researchers profile Qld's high-end speedsters

THEY are young, male, ride a motorbike or hold a P-plate car licence, take drugs and will probably nick your belongings.

Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland research reveals the profile of the average Queenslander who consistently breaks the speed limit by 30kmh.

The study, published on Wednesday in the Accident, Analysis and Prevention journal, reveals many of the state's worst speeding offenders are male, have criminal histories and are 17-24 years old.

At least 21% of fatal crashes in Queensland are caused by speeding.

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Road safety researcher Dr Judy Fleiter said the study looked at the criminal, traffic and crash histories and characteristics of thousands of drivers who had been busted speeding.

The study found 55.2% were criminals and most had committed drug and property offences while 15.3% of consistent speeders were involved in a crash in the previous five years.

"Of almost 84,456 speeding offenders in Queensland, this study found that people classified as repeat high-range offenders were significantly more likely to be young men, to hold a provisional licence or to hold a motorcycle licence when compared to other speeding offenders," the Queensland University of Technology academic said.

"From a sample of 1000 speeding offenders we found 55.2% of repeat high-range offenders had a criminal history, compared to 21% of other speeding offenders and 7% of low-range speeding offenders.

"These results highlight that for some drivers, if they break the law behind the wheel they are also likely to break the law when not behind the wheel."

Dr Fleiter said fines and loss of licence did not deter some speedsters. 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

55.2% of Queensland's worst speeding offenders are criminals who have often committed drug and property offences.

15.3% of consistent speeders were involved in a crash in the previous five years.

Males were 10 times more likely to be repeat high-range offenders than females.

Offenders aged 30 and above were less likely to be repeat high-range offenders than those under 30.

Offenders with a provisional licence were 2.1 times more likely to be repeat high-range offenders than open licence holders.

Offenders who held a motorcycle licence were 1.6 times more likely to be repeat high-range offenders than those offenders with just a car licence.

Offenders with a previous alcohol-related traffic offence were 3.6 times more likely to be a repeat high-range offender than those with no previous alcohol-related offence.

Offenders with a crash history were 3.8 times more likely to be a repeat high-range offender than those with no crash history.

Source: QUT Centre for Accident Research &Road Safety, Queensland.


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