Zero tolerance for speeding offences not being considered by Queensland Police, Psychology, Macquarie University

Zero tolerance for speeding offences not being considered by Queensland Police, Psychology, Macquarie University

Ian Faulks from the Department ofPsychology was interviewed on ABCRadio Brisbane on speed tolerance levels for motorists in Queenslandand the effect of speeding tickets on driver behaviour.

Ian Faulks, who lectures in road safety and psychology of driving at Macquarie University, said in the article that his personal view was that speed should be treated the same way blood alcohol concentration is treated drivers should not be over the limit.

"With blood alcohol concentration it's a very simple rule ... you have to be under," he said.

"We should be adopting the same approach to the way we drive in relation to speed limits.

"We should be under 100, under 60, and so on."

Mr Faulks said tickets for speeding do affect driver behaviour.

"If you get multiple it does compound and have more of an effect," he said.

"There is some indication that just getting the one is just a pain in terms of the monetary fine ... but when your demerit points build up and it impinges on your capacity to drive for work, to actually live the life the way you want to, people change their behaviour."

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