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Type: Journal article
Title: Recent advantages of lower speed limits in Australia
Author: Woolley, Jeremy Edwards
Citation: Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, 2005; 6:3562-3573
Publisher: Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1881-1124
School/Discipline: Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
Statement of
Jeremy Woolley
Abstract: Along with alcohol and fatigue, speed has been identified in Australia as one of the biggest contributors to road traffic accidents. Over time, changing enforcement techniques and technology has been applied with some degree of success in rural and urban areas. From 1997, the speed limits on residential roads were slowly changed from the default 60km/h to 50km/h. By 2003, all but one of the jurisdictions had adopted the new lower speed limit. Although only applying to residential roads and not major roads, considerable crash benefits have been reported. Reductions in the order of 20% in casualty crashes have been observed and in particular, significant benefits appear to exist for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians. This paper discusses some of the research observations surrounding the adoption of the lower speed limit in Australia and discusses the link between overall vehicle speeds and crash frequency based on international literature.
Keywords: Speed limit
Road safety
Description: © Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies
RMID: 0020065470
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