Study profiles worst speeding offenders

DRIVERS who excessively and regularly speed are also more likely to break other laws with a QUT study revealing more than 55% of repeat high-range speeding offenders have a criminal history.

The study by QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland and published in the Accident, Analysis and Prevention journal, profiles high-range speeding offenders in Queensland.

Co-author Dr Judy Fleiter said the study was the first of its kind to investigate the criminal histories, personal characteristics, traffic offences and crash history of high-range speeding offenders.

"We found that more than half of those drivers caught multiple times for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30kmh had a criminal history and were significantly more likely to have committed drug and property offences compared to all other drivers caught speeding," Dr Fleiter said.