Speed Limits: Getting the limit right – the first step in effective Speed Management
Keywords: Speed Management on High-Speed Roads, Speed Calming, Driver Compliance, Speed Limit Increments, Speed Limits
Submission Date: May 11, 2017 Journal
Suggested Citation: De Roos, M., & Marsh, F. (2017). Speed Limits: Getting the limit right - the first step in effective speed management. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 28(2), 55-59.
The safety benefits of reducing speed limits and managing travelling speeds is well proven. However, practitioners involved in reviewing and setting speed limits continue to include practices that are based on assumptions. This paper uses a case study to apply established road safety models while challenging established practices that limit the potential for safety benefits. The next step is to better understand, through research, the range of effects on driver behaviour when speed limits are reduced and to develop physical devices suitable to safely moderate travelling speeds on higher-speed roads.