Motorists ready to warn others of speed traps
More than half of all Queensland motorists are happy to break the law and warn other drivers of speed traps, according to research.
A SURVEY BY RACQ Insurance revealed that 44% of all Queensland motorists flashed their headlights on a regular basis to warn others about speed cameras in the area.
“Many motorists may not realise flashing high beam lights at traffic is an offence and dangerous, as it can be distracting for oncoming drivers,” said RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski.
“Although motorists who flash their lights may think they’re acting in good faith or exhibiting a type of motoring fraternity – they’re clearly preventing the law from taking its correct and proper course.”
But it’s not just drivers flashing their lights, indeed one quarter of all those surveyed said they alerted other drivers of speed traps by either texting or phoning.
“More than one quarter (27.9%) of motorists say they regularly phone friends, family and colleagues to let them know about the location of speed cameras,” Sopinski said.
Indeed the survey revealed the following statistics around drivers warning other drivers about the location of speed traps:
•More than half (53.9 percent) of drivers said they relied on others flashing their headlights
•One in 10 people said they used social media sites
•Almost one in five (18.4 percent) relied on phone calls from others
•Nearly eight per cent (7.8) regularly used mobile apps.