Operating speeds and the environment

Operating speeds in residential precincts and on major traffic routes are shown to be closely related to the environment through which the motorist is passing. In this paper the importance of implementing legal speed limits which complement the visual cues presented to the driver is demonstrated. Large variations of operating speeds in areas subject to unposted speed limits are also examined. Drawing from extensive information obtained from the 7,500 kilometres of speed zoned roads in Western Australia, benefits which accrue from implementing appropriate speed limits on through traffic routes are identified. These include: (a) Reduction in the number of "slow" drivers; (b) Reduction in overtaking manoeuvres; (c) Restricting the number of those liable for prosecution to those who travel too fast for prevailing conditions.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Local Government Engineers Association of WA Tenth State Conference, Scarborough, 1993; technical papers: Managing change in local government

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  • Accession Number: 01434522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 6:21PM