Drivers flaunt the law on road

FOR every minute in April, two drivers were busted by police for doing the wrong thing on Queensland roads.

Figures released by Police Minister Jack Dempsey this morning showed there were 94,752 traffic offences on our roads in those 30 days.

It was a damning statistic, he said, in a year when our road toll of 100 was 15 higher than at the same time last year.

"It is simply not acceptable for drivers to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk on the road by breaking the road rules," he said.

Of those, 19,312 were the result of Q-Blitz 2 - a state wide driver crackdown that ran from April 2 to April 30.

Overall, more than 295,000 random breath tests were performed in April.

A regional breakdown of the figures showed the Gold Coast and Logan region were some of the state's most prolific offenders, notching up 14,265 offences over the month.

Commissioner Ian Stewart said he hoped the grim figures would make motorists take road safety more seriously.

"It is disturbing to see so many drivers disregarding road rules and endangering themselves, their passengers and others on the road," Commissioner Stewart said.

"Recording almost 100 traffic-related deaths on our roads, four months into the year is absolutely devastating."

AT A GLANCE

  • Queensland Police Service's data on the offences by area for the month of April:
  • Brisbane - 29,641
  • South-Eastern (Gold Coast, Logan) - 14,265
  • Southern (Toowoomba, Ipswich, Warwick, Dalby) - 12,431
  • North Coast (Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Gympie, Maryborough, Caboolture) - 11,878
  • Central (Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone) - 9287
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