'Not rocket science': The five basic road rules drivers keep on ignoring

Failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign is the most common road rule thousands of drivers ignore.

More than 9200 drivers in the 12 months up until last November were fined in Queensland alone, for disobeying stop signs.

The state’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, reported more than 3000 Brisbane drivers were caught flouting one of the most fundamental road rules.

Motorists are ignoring the most fundamental of road rules, with thousands fined last year for failing to stop at a stop sign. Source: RACQ

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

“It should be one of the easiest rules to understand.

“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.

The RACQ said drivers were throwing their money away on unnecessary fines, for disobeying signs like ‘no right turn’. Source: Getty

“To flout the law like this is really a dumb behaviour.”

Disobeying a stop sign topped the list of the five rules drivers ignore on Queensland roads, which the RACQreleased on Thursday.

Other basic rules that are being disobeyed are “no right turn” signs, following other vehicles too closely, driving at night without lights and driving with L plates when you’re not a learner.

The RACQ’s most ignored road rules:

  1. Fail to stop at a stop sign at an intersection;
  2. Disobey ‘No Right Turn’ sign;
  3. Follow another vehicle too closely;
  4. Driving at night or in reduced visibility without lights on;
  5. Driving a car with L plates when you are not a Learner or Driver Trainer

Source: RACQ Brisbane region – 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017