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Speed management Road Safe believes that

eliminating excessive speed will save lives.The

challenge is for driving at inappropriate speed to be

seen as anti social. Road Safe works with others...

To support and promote programmes of coordinated

action in a whole range of areas including

engineering, technology, training, communication,

regulation and its enforcement. To develop

integrated initiatives to encourage stakeholders to

introduce sensible speed policies and modern

technologies to give better driver information. To

identify and promote local successful speed

reduction initiatives and policies, then campaign to

have them adopted nationally. Download Road

Safe's policy on speeding Research from the

Transport Research Laboratory TRL has provided

evidence of three different types on the effect of

speed on crashes and collisions. Studies of individual

drivers show that when exceeding the average speed

by 25% a driver is about 6 times as likely to be

involved in an incident in comparison with a driver

adopting the average speed. This is similar to the risk

associated with alcohol at the legal limit of 80 mg/100

ml blood alcohol content. Studies of road Increases

with increasing average speed  the effect varies on

different road types and is strongest for the slowest

roads. A ball-park figure is that each 1mph reduction

in average speed is accompanied by a 5% reduction

in accidents. Traffic calming measures (e.g. road

humps and chicanes) in 20mph zones have reduced

average speeds by about 10mph and resulted in a

50% reduction in collisions. Measures adopted in

rural villages have reduced average speeds by about

5mph and resulted in at least 20% fewer

collisions. Research at Napier University shows that

individuals are aware that speeds they normally

adopt when alone are actually unsafe. For example,

participants described situations in which they would

slow down such as the presence of a speed camera

or child in the car. This suggests that individuals

know that if they see a camera they would need to

slow down because they would be exceeding the

limit. Changing attitudes to speed need to relate to

influences on speed: Obligations - such as keeping

appointments, picking up kids, and generally meeting

the tight time schedules of modern life. Opportunities

- that allows speeding to take place, such as a fast

car and a clear road. Inclinations - performing

behaviours in accordance with personal preference

such as I like to speed as it feels good. Road safety

professionals recognise that speed management is a

very important tool for improving road safety.

However, improving compliance with speed limits

and reducing unsafe driving speeds are not easy

tasks. Many drivers do not recognize the risks

involved and often the perceived benefits of speeding

outweigh the perceived problems that can result. An

excellent international manual consisting of a series

of 'how to' modules is now available. It provides

evidence of why speed management is important

and takes the user through the steps needed to

assess the situation in their own country. It then

explains the steps needed to design, plan and

implement a programme, including how to obtain

funding, set up a working group, develop an action

plan and, if necessary, introduce appropriate

legislation. It considers the potential role of measures

involving engineering and enforcement, as well as

using education to change speed related behaviour.

Finally, the manual guides the user on how to

monitor and evaluate the programme so that

the results can be fed back into programme design.

For each of these activities, the document outlines in

a practical way the various steps that need to be

taken. Other websites Visit the Department for

Transport website for more informationOur six key