Driver caught going 133kmh in Toowoomba 60kmh zone

A CRASH near what is now the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland that killed seven people is something Toowoomba's top paramedic will never forget.

New speed camera statistics show some drivers are continuing to ignore warnings from people like the Queensland Ambulance Service's Glen Maule, with one motorist caught doing more than double the speed limit on a Toowoomba street.

Mr Maule, the Darling Downs area Acting Assistant Commissioner, said too many people were being killed on Downs roads.

"Crashes can be things that stay with you forever," he said.

"There were seven people killed in a crash near the Gatton Ag College I attended to. That's something that will stay with me forever.

"The effect it has on the emergency services officers who attend crashes, it bites deep."

His plea for motorists to slow down comes as an APN Newsdesk investigation into speeding revealed a Toowoomba driver was caught doing 133kmh on a 60kmh zone - the highest speed in Toowoomba between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

Over the 12-month period investigated there were more than 21,000 speeding tickets issued in Toowoomba - 11 of which were for speeds more than 40kmh above the limit and 27 for speeds between 31 to 40kmh above the limit.

The majority of tickets went to the 16,800 motorists driving less than 13kmh over the limit. Another 3782 were for speeding 13 to 20kmh over the limit.

The figures were revealed under Right to Information laws as part of an APN investigation into speeding in Toowoomba.

Queensland road safety researcher Judy Fleiter said travelling at speeds well above the limit was potentially disastrous.

"It is incredibly dangerous. For the person doing it, for a start. If they lose control of the vehicle at those kinds of speeds it could end terribly. Imagine how far out of their lane they could swerve in a second," said the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland research fellow.

"What happens if you can't handle it and it all goes badly very quickly?"

Why certain roads are certain speeds:

40 kmh - access streets, specially zoned local traffic areas, school zones and high pedestrian activity areas.

50 kmh - general urban limit on local streets.

60 kmh - minimum limit on traffic- carrying roads, trunk-collector roads, sub-arterial and arterial roads with no protection for turning vehicles.

70 kmh - sub-arterial and arterial roads with limited access and no protection for turning vehicles.

80 kmh - arterial roads, limited access and protection for turning vehicles.

90 kmh - lower-standard urban expressways, freeways, motorways.

100 kmh - general rural limit, high standard urban expressways, freeways and motorways.

110 kmh - specially approved national or state highways with low volumes of pedestrian, cyclist and slow traffic.


PREVIOUS speed camera statistics have no impact on the where cameras are placed.

Suggested mobile speed camera locations are based on where crashes have taken place and stakeholder concerns.

A committee of police, RACQ and Transport Department and council representatives then approves the sites.

A police spokesman said camera sites were chosen with safety in mind.

"Past speed camera statistics play no part in choosing camera sites," he said.

"The locations for mobile speed camera sites are selected on one or more criteria including the history of road crashes (primary criteria), stakeholder concerns (secondary) including road works, crash potential, public complaints or other data analysis."

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