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Monday, 24 March 2014
The Danes agree. Raise limits, less speeders & accidents.
News from Denmark…
The Danes have just
released results of a 2 year study on two way rural roads, where they
increased the speed limit from 80 km/h to 90 km/h.
In the study,
accidents on the roads tested reduced.
sections of motorway where the speed limit was raised from 110 to 130
km/h nine years ago, fatalities have
What the Danish road
directorate discovered was that the traffic that had been
traveling below the speed limit sped up a bit, and those
who previously broke the speed limit were less tempted to break
the 90km/h one.
To begin with, the Danish police were not keen
on the idea...
Erik Mather, a senior Danish Police Traffic officer,
said: "The police were perhaps a little biased on this
issue, but we have had to completely change our view now
the experiment has been trialled for two years."
other evidence that not treating drivers like automatons who should
blindly obey signs works in terms of safety.
In European cities
where all "road furniture" and signage has been removed in urban areas,
drivers have been found to automatically slow down when they can
see pedestrians, cyclists and children may be sharing the same space as
I think what’s obvious from the Danish experiment is that if
you remove frustration from a driver’s immediate experience, they will
drive more considerately.