Coast road where a speeder is nabbed every 90 seconds
A SPEEDING motorist was caught every 90 seconds at the worst speeding hotspot on the Sunshine Coast.
A movable police speed camera operated on Regatta Boulevard in Wurtulla for about 14 hours during 2017 and issued 564 speeding tickets.
Those tickets cost drivers at least $94,752 in fines. As previously revealed in the Sunshine Coast Daily, the region's drivers paid $7.7 million in speeding fines in 2017.
Police documents obtained through a Right to Information request revealed the coast's high-speed hotspots.
A movable speed camera on the Eumundi-Noosa Rd at Doonan ran for 139 hours, nearly six days, during which it dished out 2753 tickets, a ticket every three minutes.
On Maleny-Montville Rd in Balmoral Ridge a speed camera ran for about 38 hours and ticketed 871 drivers, about one every two and a half minutes.
The police documents also revealed the coast's worst hoon was nabbed at twice the speed limit - in a 110 zone. The driver was caught driving at 222km/h, the highest speed recorded in the Sunshine Coast area 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