5 road rules drivers know but break anyway: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has reminded Queensland drivers about the importance of following all the road rules, after it released its list of the five most common laws drivers knew but ignored anyway.

Data from the Department of Main Roads revealed a raft of fundamental rules drivers were caught for between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017, including more than 9,270 Queensland drivers disobeying stop signs.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said drivers were throwing their money away on unnecessary fines.

“It should be one of the easiest rules to understand but last year in Brisbane alone we saw more than 3000 drivers fined for not stopping at a stop sign,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Stop signs mean you must come to a fully controlled stop behind the line before you take off again. It’s not rocket science.”

Ms Ritchie said these laws may seem trivial to some drivers, but they were designed to make it safer for everyone on the road.

“It’s up to every driver to brush up on the road rules before they get behind the wheel, and to ensure they follow them – ignoring these laws is risking your life and the lives of others.”

Ignored road rules in Brisbane region – 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017:

  • Fail to stop at a stop sign at an intersection: 3,026
  • Disobey ‘No Right Turn’ sign: 1,401
  • Follow another vehicle too closely: 619
  • Driving at night or in reduced visibility without lights on: 429
  • Driving a car with L plates when you are not a Learner or Driver Trainer: 8.