- RACQ has revealed the shocking simple road rules that are often broken daily
- Easily broken rules which cost drivers millions each year in ‘unnecessary fines’
- Failing to stop at stop sign at an intersection was one of commonly broken rules
Drivers are throwing away millions a year in fines after being caught breaking some of the simplest road rules in the country.
Whether it’s failing to stop at a stop sign or not displaying L-plates while driving, countless Australians are guilty of breaking five basic road rules.
Queensland’s Royal Automobile Club (RACQ) released a list of the top road rules which are broken by dozens of drivers every single day.
Drivers are throwing away millions a year in fines after being caught breaking some of the simplest road rules in the country including failing to stop at stop signs (stock image)
Ignoring the simple ‘no right turn’ sign (left) was also a popular rule to break while a few learner drivers were caught failing to display their L-plates (stock image right) in Queensland
Three seconds is a recommended safe distance
FIVE BASIC ROAD RULES BROKEN
1. Failing to stop at a stop sign at an intersection
2. Ignoring ‘No Right Turn’ sign
3. Following car too closely
4. Driving at night or in hazardous conditions without lights on
5. No L-plates displayed as driving
*Figures are accurate for Brisbane region between November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017
Failing to stop at a stop sign came in the top spot where drivers paid more than $3 million in fines in the state.
More than 9,270 drivers were fined because they did not stop at the hard to miss red sign.
RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said drivers were ‘throwing away money’ 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,’ she said.
‘It’s not rocket science.’
Tailgating was also a law commonly ignored with 619 capital city motorists guilty of breaking the rule.
For every time a Brisbane driver failed to wait three seconds behind the vehicle in front, they were slammed with a $294 fine.
Ignoring the simple ‘no right turn’ sign was also a popular rule to break.
More than 1400 drivers disobeyed the sign and were hit with a $100 fine and loss of three demerit points.
About 429 drivers chose not to turn lights on at night in Brisbane and were left paying a $126 fine.
The least experienced drivers on the roads were also guilty of breaking a simple road rule.
About eight young drivers were caught driving in Brisbane without displaying their L-plates.
Following cars too closely is a commonly broken rule (stock image)
Tailgating was also a law commonly ignored with 619 Brisbane motorists guilty of breaking rule (stock image)