More people may die on Queensland roads if police are banned from pursuing drunk or drug-affected drivers, Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson says.

Queensland coroner Michael Barnes on Wednesday released a report into 10 road pursuit deaths between June 2005 and July 2008.

He made 13 recommendations, including a ban on police chasing drunk or drug-affected drivers.

Mr Atkinson said adopting the change could send the wrong message to the public.

"We have a very small percentage of people who are completely and totally irresponsible," he told reporters in Brisbane.

"If you were to send a message to them that said `Do what you like on the roads because the police can never try to stop or pursue you', then the consequences could be worse than what they are now."

The coroner also recommended harsher penalties for people who evade police, such as mandatory licence disqualification and vehicle impoundment.

But Mr Atkinson said the current penalties were strict enough, including a $20,000 fine and three years' imprisonment, but they were not being enforced in the courts.

"Our concern is that the penalties aren't being imposed," Mr Atkinson said.

"It is absolutely critical that the consequence of not stopping for police is greater than what you've done."

Meanwhile, the coroner's report highlighted that it's not always offenders who are in the wrong.

It found five people were injured in 2008 from pursuits that commenced for "non-pursuit matters", such as evading random breath tests or minor traffic offences.

Mr Atkinson was quick to deflect criticism of the service, saying officers were doing their best in tough situations.

"I truly do not believe we do not have cowboy, reckless officers who are speeding and engaging in pursuits just because they are gung ho," he said.

Mr Atkinson said he was only aware of one group of officers who met with disciplinary action following a pursuit since 2005.

He said the number of pursuits had fallen from 681 in 2002 to 357 in 2008.

And, in the past three years, no one in Queensland had died as a result of an ongoing, continuing police pursuit.

Mr Atkinson said the police service would officially respond to the coroner's report within three weeks.

AAP