Would you believe that, in some cases, many motorists may actually drive more slowly, not more quickly, after a speed limit is increased? Research conducted by the State of California and other agencies may surprise you. Consider these myths and facts.
Contrary to popular belief, installing speed limit signs will not:
- Slow down traffic
- Decrease accidents
- Increase safety
In addition, raising a posted speed limit will not significantly increase the speed of traffic.
Research has demonstrated that setting a realistic speed limit in the upper half of the normal pace of traffic (i.e., the critical speed) will achieve:
- Voluntary compliance
- Clear identification of violators
- Meaningful, unambiguous enforcement