Speeding fines cost Sunshine Coast drivers $7.7 million in 2017.
Speeding fines cost Sunshine Coast drivers $7.7 million in 2017. Valerie Horton

REVEALED: Sunshine Coast's staggering speeding bill

LEADFOOTS on the Sunshine Coast racked up more than $7.7 million in speeding fines in 12 months.

A Right to Information investigation has revealed police handed out 37,422 speeding tickets across the Sunshine Coast police region in 2017.

Those fines cost motorists $7,761,448, enough to pay the wages for 113 primary school teachers or 107 registered nurses.

More than 25,000 tickets were handed out to speeders driving less than 13 km/h over the limit. A further 10,252 were caught driving 14-20 km/h over the limit and 1632 motorists were fined for speeding 21-30km/h and 241 fines were given to drivers doing 31-40km/h over the limit.

A further 100 drivers were hit with a $1117 fine for driving more than 40km/h over the limit, the highest speeding category.

One of the state's top doctors, Coast-based Australian Medical Association Queensland board chair Shaun Rudd, said drivers were not getting the message.

"Despite all the warnings, speed continues to be one of the major causes of road accident fatalities in Queensland. Already this year, we have had 18 fatalities in the region," he said.

"Each year thousands of people are admitted to hospitals in the region because of road accidents - many of which were caused by speed, placing pressure on our doctors and nurses.

"Speed combined with distractions like mobile phones is a lethal combination. It is vital that drivers adhere to the speed limits and keep their eyes on the road."

 

Queensland regional road policing boss Inspector Peter Flanders said even doing 10km/h over the limit significantly increased the chance of a crash turning deadly.

"The physics behind speeding are stark. If you are in a 40 zone driving at 50km/h, that extra 10km/h increases your kinetic energy by one and a half times," he said.

"To put it simply, if you hit a kid you are hitting them one and a half times harder." 

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Yes, I was just over the limit

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I got caught way over... the fine was huge

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Never, I only ever drive to the speed limit

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Inspector Flanders said braking also took longer at higher speeds, making it harder to avoid a potential accident.

"In that same situation, driving at 50km/h in a 40 zone, it'll take about twice as long to brake as if you were doing the limit." -NewsRegional