Reduce speed limits in traffic accidents

Study shows how drastically a speed limit lowers the number of accidents

Proponents of a general speed limit unexpectedly receive support from Brandenburg. A study carried out on the A24 shows the advantages of a speed limit of 130 km / h

For days there has been a heated argument in Germany about the sense and nonsense of a general speed limit on motorways. In the past week, considerations of a climate protection working group of the federal government became known, which included a speed limit of 130 km / h on motorways. The federal government has already rejected them. There are more intelligent precautions for more climate protection in road traffic, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

A breath of fresh air into the debate has now come from a somewhat older study from Brandenburg. It shows what many suspect: a general speed limit would make traffic significantly safer.

Number of accidents halved after the speed limit

In 2007, the Brandenburg Ministry of Transport had the effects of a speed limit on a 62-kilometer section of motorway investigated. Part of the A24 between the two motorway triangles Wittstock / Dosse and Havelland had no speed limit until December 2002. After that, a speed limit of 130 km / h was introduced.

The result of the scientific analysis: The number of accidents has almost halved, from 654 accidents in three years without a speed limit to 337 accidents in three years at 130 km / h. The number of casualties also fell significantly from 838 to 362 casualties in three years (-57 percent).

Small restrictions, but a clear conclusion

However, the authors point out: “The decline in the number of accidents and casualties cannot be fully attributed to the introduction of the speed limit. In the last few years there has been a general decline in the number of accidents on motorways in the state of Brandenburg. "If this factor is factored out using control groups, the study shows that there is still a reduction in the so-called accident cost rate (damage and injuries, etc., converted into costs) by 26.5 percent.

Therefore, the conclusion is clear: "The results of the investigation show that if a speed limit for cars of 130 km / h is imposed on the existing unlimited route sections, there is a benefit for the general public."