Comment 119774

By Brandon (registered) | Posted August 05, 2016 at 08:18:42 in reply to Comment 119770

I think the solution is an engineering one as opposed to behavioral modification through punishment.

People tend to drive at a speed that feels safe, and studies have shown again and again that the best way to set a speed limit is to remove the signs, measure the speed at which people travel and set the speed at the 85th percentile rounded up to the nearest 10 km/h mark.

If people feel comfortable at a given speed and we determine socially that that speed is too fast, we need to change their environment so they feel comfortable at a lower speed. Narrower lanes, street parking, medians, etc... are all means of accomplishing this.

I think our highways do us a great disservice in this because if you've driven on the 400 series highways at the speed limit outside of rush hour, you'd better be in the right lane and be prepared to be passed by most other vehicles.

This teaches us that speed limits +10 or +20 or even +30 are fine and that speed limit signs don't really mean anything.

Set speed limits properly and enact engineering changes and the roads will be much safer.

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