Accession Number : AD0715555

Title :   Effectiveness of Speed Limits on Rural Roads and Motorways,

Corporate Author : ROAD RESEARCH LAB CROWTHORNE (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Newby,R. F.

Report Date : SEP 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Further experience in Great Britain and a review of recent papers on the subject have confirmed earlier indications that, in general, speed limits can reduce vehicle speeds and thus decrease the number of accidents and the severity of injury on rural roads as well as on urban roads. However, it is not possible to demonstrate that such benefits are present on every length of road because of the random scatter which exists due to the difficulty of obtaining sufficient data. More refined criteria are needed for determining the speed limit appropriate to each case to obtain the best balance between traffic delay and accident data. A recent attempt to formulate such a set of criteria is described. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TRAFFIC, CONTROL), (*ROADS, TRAFFIC), (*MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, CONTROL), REVIEWS, STATISTICAL DATA, VELOCITY, RURAL AREAS, SAFETY, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, GREAT BRITAIN

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE