THE EFFECT OF SHORT TERM SPEED LIMITS ON NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS

The effects of the nationwide temporary speed limits (90 km/h & 110 km/h) of 1968 traffic accidents were investigated. Principal attention was attached to traffic accidents outside local speed limit zones resulting in personal damage. A survey method was divided into speed measurements, investigation of traffic volumes, police control and weather information, collection of accident data and the actual analysis of the results. Speed limits were well obeyed and traffic flow became more balanced. No equally distinct effects on traffic accidents could be noticed. Though not entirely supported the degree of severity of accidents was lower during the reduced speed limit periods. The 1968 short-time general speed limits seemed to have no distinct effect on the number of accidents, but the research may have been at fault. The 110 km/h speed limit could be continued, but some kind of new speed limit should soon be introduced. Research should be restricted regionally so factors related to accidents could be controlled. Traffic planning specifications should be studied, also an investigation should be made on speed limits of various vehicle types. Police patrols should be increased with expedient scheduling of control operations. /MW/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Central Organization for Traffic Safety, Finland

    Sitratie 7
    FIN-00420 Helsinki,   Finland 
  • Authors:
    • Ahola, V
  • Publication Date: 1969

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM