Driver caught 74kmh over limit in Ipswich
AT ONE of the first traffic crashes he attended, Drew Hebbron was confronted with a paramedic's nightmare - someone he knew.
New speed camera statistics show some drivers are continuing to ignore warnings from people like Mr Hebbron, with one motorist caught doing 74kmh more than the speed limit on a major Ipswich road.
The veteran paramedic, now the West Moreton ambulance Acting Chief Superintendent, was working in Alice Springs when he discovered the crash patient was his work partner's best friend.
"We pulled the helmet off and realised who it was," he said.
"That's not something I'm ever going to forget."
Mr Hebbron said speeding was claiming too many lives on Ipswich roads.
His plea to slow down came as an APN investigation into speeding in the area has found an Ipswich driver was caught doing 174kmh in a 100kmh zone - Ipswich's worst speeding offence between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.
Over the 12- month period investigated, there were nearly 30,000 speeding tickets issued in Ipswich - 28 for speeds more than 40kmh above the limit and 74 for speeds between 31 to 40kmh above the limit.
Most tickets went to the 21,526 motorists driving less than 13kmh over the limit. Another 7064 were for speeding 13 to 20kmh over the limit. The figures were revealed under Right to Information laws as part of an APN investigation into speeding in Ipswich.
Queensland road safety researcher Judy Fleiter said travelling at speeds well above the limit was potentially disastrous.
"It is incredibly dangerous. For the person doing it, for a start. If they lose control of the vehicle at those kinds of speeds it could end terribly," said the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland research fellow.
"Imagine how far out of their lane they could swerve in a second.
"What happens if you can't handle it and it all goes badly very quickly?"
Mr Hebbron said serious crashes were some of the toughest assignments paramedics attended.
"For the paramedics attending … they do go to some fairly traumatic crashes, especially ones where children are involved," he said.
Why certain roads are certain speeds:
- 40 kmh - access streets, specially zoned local traffic areas, school zones and high-pedestrian-activity areas.
- 50 kmh - general urban limit on local streets.
- 60 kmh - minimum limit on traffic-carrying roads, trunk-collector roads, sub-arterial and arterial roads with no protection for turning vehicles.
- 70 kmh - sub-arterial and arterial roads with limited access and no protection for turning vehicles.
- 80 kmh - arterial roads, limited access and protection for turning vehicles.
- 90 kmh - lower-standard urban expressways, freeways, motorways.
- 100 kmh - general rural limit, higher-standard urban expressways, freeways and motorways.
- 110 kmh - specially approved national or state highways with low volumes of pedestrian, cyclist and slow traffic.