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" Again using the conservative method, we estimate that an urban area speed limit of 50km/h on all roads, with the present level of compliance, would be likely to result in a reduction of 33 per cent in the number of free travelling speed casualty crashes. However, a speed limit of 50km/h in local streets, while having a significant effect on local street crashes, would be likely to have only a small effect on free travelling speed casualty crashes as a whole (a 6 per cent reduction) due mainly to the very small proportion (14 per cent) of these crashes which occurred on local streets."

Travelling Speed and the Risk of Crash Involvement
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
http://www.atsb.gov.au/road/res-exec/cr172ex.cfm

Which demonstrates, again, that if the politicians were really serious about road safety, we'd have a uniform 50k limit.

Although these figures relate to an Adelaide study, they will be reasonably accurate in all the major cities.

So why did the Victorian pollies go for 50k only in so-called residential streets for a 6% reduction, when they could have got a more than five times better result at 33% with 50k everywhere? These are the same jerks that said that road safety was paramount, and then made recommendations, implemented by the government, that showed it clearly wasn't.
 

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The ATSB may find them (the 50km/h limit) ineffective, but governments certainly will not!

Revenue wise of course.
 

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there are roads here in my area that would be good for 70kmh but they are limited to 50. adelaide road is this wide, flat road, good for 4 wide lanes, no trees on the side, good overview and about 2-3 metres of lawn/footpath between the gutter and people's front yards. i can't see why 50 kmh was imposed on this road since 60 would not be an issue here at all.

bloody revenue raising scum!
 
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