Queensland police have released a video of 12 people piling out of a dangerously overloaded utility stopped south of Brisbane amid New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Logan police intercepted the four-wheel drive ute around 2:15am on New Year’s Day on Castille Crescent in Edens Landing.
Officers observed 12 people in the ute scrambling out of the rear tray and front cab areas when it was pulled over.
Acting senior sergeant Adrian Burns said they were packed side-by-side “like sardines” in the rear of the ute.
“Driving behind them, police could see there were unrestrained people in the back tray which is not only illegal but extremely dangerous,” he said.
“Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the fatal five – 14 per cent of all fatalities in Queensland involved an unrestrained person.”
Inspector Neal White from road policing command said the outcome could have been very different if the vehicle had been involved in a crash.
“We would now be talking about multiple people seriously or even fatally injured,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to stop and think about your actions before getting behind the wheel of any vehicle or riding a motorcycle.
“We want everyone to be safe and feel safe on our roads.”
A 21-year-old man from Mount Cotton was charged with exceeding carrying capacity of a vehicle, unlicensed driving, possessing a drug utensil and low-range drink driving.