STUDY - Assessing Community Attitudes Toward Speed Limits
The Accident Research Centre at Monash University, Australia, has released a report that explores community attitudes towards current speed limits and examines some of the reasons for these attitudes. The majority surveyed were in favour of reducing speed limits on two lane 100km/h undivided rural roads and on rural gravel roads, but only about one third supported lower limits in urban areas at this time.
The survey showed that many respondents did not fully understand the role between speeding and speed limits and their association with crash risk, the environment and local amenity. The results also showed that respondents with higher levels of understanding were more likely to approve lower speed limits suggesting from a safety perspective, the value in further promoting increased understanding of key speed related issues.