SPEEDING: Police officers reported “disturbingly high speeds” across the state in the past month.
SPEEDING: Police officers reported “disturbingly high speeds” across the state in the past month.

Speedsters put pedal to metal during pandemic

A GREATER proportion of drivers are speeding than before coronavirus restrictions were imposed, based on statistics Queensland Police says is "very concerning".

Emerald's Senior Constable Matthew Walters said vehicles on the road had decreased to about a quarter of the usual number, but those exceeding speed limits were "still quite high".

"Drivers need to remember that the posted speed is the limit," he said. "Any speed exceeding that limit is an offence and drivers can receive hefty fines.

"Police will continue to monitor the highways as well as residential areas to try and deter vehicles from committing speeding offences.

"Drivers should also remember that the default speed in a built up area is 50km/h unless otherwise marked and the default speed on a highway is 100km/h unless otherwise marked."

QPS Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said officers reported "disturbingly high speeds" across the state in the past month.

Speed camera detection rates in Queensland increased 26 per cent in the past five weeks, despite a reduction of cars on the road.

Mr Keating said the increase in detections could be associated with a misconception of reduced police activity.

"Despite a 30 per cent reduction of vehicles on Queensland roads, we are seeing a significant increase in the proportion of speeding drivers," he said.

"Police are still proactively patrolling road networks and our fixed and mobile trailer cameras are still active to ensure motorists were obeying the road rules.

"The road rules in Queensland have not changed in any way and motorists exceeding the speed limit can expect to see enforcement action taken by police."