It has been found that the enforcement of speed limits makes it possible to influence both the number of traffic accidents and the resultant damage. Which objectives should be adopted in choosing speed limits for different road and traffic environments has not yet been studied in sufficient detail. Such studies require a system according to which general speed limits can be set up. The applicability of such a speed limit system can subsequently be adjusted to give the desired effects on traffic safety and travel times. The present report sets out some feasible, guiding objectives. These have been used to provide a basis for a proposed speed limit system. This report describes objectives that are concerned mainly with various aspects of traffic safety. However, the arguments are then developed to include costs relating to vehicles and to travel times. Furthermore, the report presents a discussion of the insight and understanding of the road user in relation to the speed limit system, expressed as road-users' infringements of speed limits.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTI-Rapport No. 116aMonograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM