Warwick road where a speeder is nabbed every two minutes
A SPEEDING motorist was caught every two minutes at the worst speeding hotspot on the Southern Downs.
A movable police speed camera operated on the Cunningham Highway at Willowvale for 116 hours throughout 2017, nearly five days, during which the camera issued 3424 speeding tickets, one every two minutes.
Those tickets cost drivers at least $575,232 in fines. As previously revealed in the Warwick Daily News, the region's drivers paid $1.9 million in speeding fines in 2017.
Police documents obtained through a Right to Information request revealed the region's high-speed hotspots.
A movable speed camera on Alexandra Dr in Warwick ran for about 52 hours and caught 1275 speeding drivers, one every two and a half minutes.
In Stanthorpe a speed camera on the New England Highway at Severnlea operated for about 14 hours during which time it dished out 159, one ticket every five minutes.
The police documents also reveal Warwick's worst hoon was nabbed at almost 50km/h over the speed limit. The driver was caught driving at 147km/h in a 100 zone near Warwick, the highest speed recorded in the Southern Downs in 2017.
RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said many drivers went into "autopilot", especially on streets they knew well.
"Often when people are on the roads they drive every day they go into autopilot mode. They think 'I know these roads' and don't switch on. That's a form of driver distraction which is one of the fatal five," she said.
"On suburban roads there are so many other road users. You have to deal not only with other cars, but pedestrians, cyclists, children. That just adds complexity to driving.
"When you speed you give yourself and your car less time to react to anything unexpected."
Regional road policing boss Inspector Peter Flanders said every traffic cop will have "two or three" serious high-speed crashes they have responded to that will stick with them forever.
"To be honest, my first reaction at every major crash I attend is anger," he said.
"It's just such a pointless waste. I have never been to a crash that needed to happen. You just think that this person did not need to die." -NewsRegional