More than 63 motorists are running red lights every day in Queensland, with new data obtained by the RACQ revealing the state’s most dangerous intersections.
Data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads revealed more than 23,000 motorists were caught running red lights in 2017.
The junction of Gold Coast Highway and Margaret Avenue, Broadbeach, has been dubbed one of the worst in Queensland, with one motorist running a red light every five hours.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said it was particularly shocking as the camera was only operational for 6,888 hours (equal to 287 days).
“But it’s not just bad behaviour on the Gold Coast, we’re really disappointed more than 63 red light camera offences, on average, were being committed each day across the State,” she said.
Eight of the other top 10 locations are in Brisbane, with drivers most commonly caught at Leopard and Stanley Streets in Woolloongabba, Lutwyche and Kedron Park Roads in Kedron and the Gateway Motorway and Old Cleveland Road in Belmont.
The Woolloongabba camera nabbed the highest total of red-light runners, picking up 1603 offenders for the year during 8341 hours of operation or 348 days.
Hunter slammed the dangerous behaviour as irresponsible and urged drivers to think about the safety of all road users.
“Running a red light is extremely dangerous and could seriously injure not only other motorists but also pedestrians and cyclists who don’t expect a car to hurtle through an intersection,” she said.
Other locations on the list included Main and Vulture Streets in Kangaroo Point, Kessels and Mains Roads in Macgregor, Ann Street and North Quay in Brisbane City, Gympie and Rode roads Chermside, Strathpine and Bald Hills roads in Bald Hills and George and Albert Streets in Rockhampton.
“Too many drivers choose to run a red light in the hope they’ll gain a few extra seconds – but with more than 222 lives lost on roads this year drivers need to stop and think about how much they’re putting themselves at risk,” Hunter continued.
“For those who accuse police of revenue raising – which it isn’t – just remember police are usually first on scene when a red-light runner results in a fatal crash.
“It’s pretty simple, red means stop before entering the intersection and drivers should always be prepared to stop if signals change to yellow, if it’s safe to do so.”