Because of the unfavourable development of the accident rate on Swiss motorways during the year 1976, the federal police department commissioned an investigation into the pattern of traffic and accidents. The study showed that the traffic flow uniformity, which was achieved by introducing a speed limit of 130 km/h in 1974, was lost to a great extent. The speed differentials between the vehicles are greater again, and the distances between cars have remained the same or have become even smaller, and the regulations about driving on the right (keeping in the right hand lane and using the left hand lane for overtaking only) was observed less well than in 1974. In addition, cases of exceeding the maximum speed limit have increased. This has led to an increase in accidents where no other vehicle was involved, rear-end collisions and accidents at night, while the number of injured and dead people has sunk further after an initial rise (introduction of compulsory wearing of seat belts 1.1.1976). In order to regain the safety on motorways, the following measures are suggested in the report: influence driving behaviour by informing the public continuously of the development of accidents, planned information campaigns and improved schooling and further education; increase police control to maintain the maximum speed limit, distance between vehicles and keeping to the right hand lane; stronger sanctions for offenders. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Eidgenoessische Polizeiabteilung

    Eidgenoessisches Justiz und Polizeidepartements
    3003 Bern,   Switzerland 
  • Authors:
    • Dietrich, K
    • Lindenmann, H P
    • HEHLEN, P
    • Bigler, F
    • Buehler, A
    • Schalbetter, H
  • Publication Date: 1977-3


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 87 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184141
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM