Approval has been given to reduce speed limits from 90 kph on many major roads to 80 kph. This measure will take effect from 1st July on principal roads without central separation. Studies have shown that most fatal accidents take place on just a few major routes. Even though the carriageways are well maintained and the verges kept clear, in the Lot for example 51% of fatal injuries occur on only 10 main roads.
It is being argued that these dangerous roads should be prioritised rather than a wider limit on National and Departmental roads. But proponents point out that speeding is the obvious main cause of these accidents, there often being no other impediment. It is hoped these measures will reduce fatal accidents by some 200 deaths per annum.
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