VIDEO: More than 200 dead on Queensland roads so far this year

VIDEO: More than 200 dead on Queensland roads so far this year

ASSISTANT Police commissioner Ben Marcus and Paul Turner from RACQ addressed the media this morning after a traffic operation called Operation Hills netted more than 300 people driving at dangerous speeds over the weekend.

In response to the state road toll exceeding 200, police have also released video footage of the operation.

Mr Marcus said as of midnight last night, 212 people had lost their lives on Queensland roads.

Police at the weekend clocked 124 drivers doing 25 to 30km/h over the speed limit, 97 doing 30 to 40km/h over the limit and 67 going more than 40km/h faster than they should have.

"It's reckless and selfish," he said.

"We had a P-plater doing almost 100km/h in a 60 zone in a defective vehicle while drink driving, we had another provisional driver doing 121km/hour in a 60 zone, he was overtaking downhill, he had a number of passengers in his vehicle and he almost lost control.

"We had a motorcycle rider doing 104 in a 60 zone and he had an eight-year-old pillion passenger.

"Another driver was doing 123km/h in a 60 zone with two small children in the car.

"On Sunday we had someone doing 147kkm/h in a 60 zone and someone doing 151km/h in a 60 zone.

"I would like to thank the majority of drivers who are doing the right thing ... but I have to call out the people who are acting selfishly and dangerously. Our roads are not racetracks, it's where our children are, it's where our families are."

Mr Turner said the road toll, which is almost as high is the final tally for the whole of last year, was a disgrace.

"For every one of the 212 people who died there are thousands more seriously injured. Too many people are looking at the speed limit as a minimum and not a maximum.

"They are doing ridiculous speeds on curving roads in mountainous areas. These are people who either have a death wish or are on the path to killing others on our roads.

Mr Turner said there had been an upswing in the number of motorcycles and second hand cars purchased since the COVID-19 crisis, with many seeking alternatives to public transport.

Mr Marcus said some accidents could be attributed to people getting behind the wheel or handlebars after a long period of not driving a car or riding a motorcycle.

He said some drivers had been on the mountain for the specific purpose of seeing how fats they could go.