Speed limits keep us alive

COULD strict speed limit enforcement be making our roads more dangerous?

Research from the University of Western Australian found rigorous police enforcement on roads is more demanding on drivers and has a negative impact on seeing dangers.

Researchers tested 84 young drivers on a driving simulator where they could be fined for doing one, six or 11 kmh over the speed limit.

Researcher Vanessa Dowden said at stricter levels the drivers's peripheral vision was diminished.

Should 50kmh zones be changed to 40kmh zones?

This poll ended on 29 November 2016.

Current Results

Yes. It will make the roads safer and won't hurt drivers much.


No. 50kmh is fine.


Only in areas with a lot of pedestrians around.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Our overall finding was that stricter speed enforcement may impair a driver's ability to detect hazards, especially those on the side of the road, because drivers are dedicating more attention to monitoring their speed," she said.

But Queensland road safety minister Mark Bailey said enforcing speed limits kept people alive.

"That enforcement element really is quite important in terms of keeping speed down," he said.

Mr Bailey pointed to some American states where no speed or drink-driving enforcement was undertaken.

"I went on a trip to Texas a couple of months ago. They have no speed cameras, they don't have any random breath testing and their fatality rate is three times that of Queensland," he said.

"They lose 15 people per 100,000 every year. We lose about five."


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