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Queensland Police Union calls for rewards for good drivers, warnings for low-grade speeding

THE Queensland Police Union has called for first-time speeders to be handed warnings, and for good drivers to be given discounts on their licences, despite new figures showing hundreds of thousands of drivers were caught last year.

In far north Queensland alone, more than 46,000 speed-camera infringements were issued last financial year — 15,398 more than any other region.

The police union’s acting president, Shayne Maxwell, said speeding and the state’s rising road toll could be quelled if drivers were treated with leniency on their first offence.

Deaths on Queensland roads have climbed each year since 2014, with 81 killed so far this year.

“While speeding is serious, if we as police are fair dinkum in not being seen as revenue raisers, we should be giving drivers with good driving records a warning on the first occasion they exceed the speed limit by less than 13km/h,” Mr Maxwell said.

“We should also incentivise good driving for the public by offering discounts on driver's licence renewals for drivers with good driving histories.”

More than 80 per cent of the drivers caught in far north Queensland were travelling less than 13km/h over the limit, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Mail.

Cairns police officer Sergeant Marty Bristow believes fewer speed cameras could save lives.

“While speed cameras have their place, I’d like to see the traffic branch go back to the old sitting on the side of the road method,” Sgt Bristow said.

“That has an immediate impact on people’s driving.”

He said the high infringement statistics in his area were due to the larger stretches of Bruce Highway, from Cardwell to Cairns.

He added that there was a perception that drivers could get away with speeding in the far north — something he believes would be changed by a greater police presence.

Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the Government’s message was simple: “If you don’t speed, you won’t get fined.”

Mackay’s Broadsound Road speed camera has been revealed as the Bruce Highway’s most prolific, nabbing an average of almost 50 drivers an hour last year and more than 80 an hour the year before.

Ipswich, meanwhile, has been named the area where the most speed-camera infringements were issued per hour last financial year.

Keidges Road at Redbank Plains saw 63 infringement issued per hour. In almost four hours of operation, 250 drivers were nabbed.

The top speeds hit by drivers on the Bruce Highway last financial year were 222km/h in a 110km/h zone at Landsborough, 220km/h in a 110km/h zone at the Glass House Mountains, and 207km/h in a 100km/h zone at Farleigh.

Someone in Townsville was also caught doing 205km/h in an 80km/h zone.

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