Is 40 the new 50 on our roads?
SHOULD speed limits on local roads be reduced?
A Queensland road safety researcher has called for the change, saying a lower speed limit will save lives on local streets.
At the Australasian Road Safety Conference in Canberra, Marina Alexander said some European countries had lowered local speed limits to 30kmh.
"We say 50kmh is too high for local streets, which is why we are seeing 40kmh zones around schools and shopping areas introduced all over the country as local governments respond to public demand for lower speeds," Ms Alexander said.
"Many countries in Europe have introduced 30kmh for local streets and these countries lead the world in road safety outcomes."
Ms Alexander from QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland, said local streets included more pedestrians and cyclists than busier arterials.
"The latest Queensland road crash statistics show a disturbing trend of increased fatalities and serious injuries for pedestrians and cyclists," Ms Alexander said.
"If a person in a motor vehicle is involved in a road crash at 50kmh they have a 10% or less chance of being killed. Those are pretty good odds.
"However, if an unprotected person, such as a cyclist or pedestrian is involved, their chances of being killed rise to between 50-80%. Those odds are very bad."
- ARM NEWSDESK