The Swedish Government decided in 1989 upon a reduction of speed during the summer. On all roads with a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour, a temporary speed limit of 90 km per hour was introduced. The reason for this was to save lives and decrease the amount of accidents. By the end of the summer the National Road Safety Office decided to make this temporary speed limit permanent on 620 kilometres of motorway in environmentally sensitive regions. This report deals with the rather heated public debate that followed. Its focus lies upon the discussions regarding environmental matters and speed limits. It is concluded that the debate was not objective and became more a matter of feelings than a matter of facts. Journalists against the reduction to 90 km per hour tended to write more personal articles. The report tries to explain why this happened. It also tries to investigate the research results presented by the authorities - are they reliable and how were they used in the public discussion? Interviews with journalists and mass media researchers have been conducted. Interviews have also been carried out with environmental researchers and with researchers from the field of traffic and transport. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Journalisthoegskolan i Goeteborg

    P.O. Box 31147
    Goeteborg,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Eriksson, K
    • Kristensson, J
  • Publication Date: 1990


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00617190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM