We’re reviewing speed limits to make sure they are safe and appropriate for the road. When speeds are safe for the road, simple mistakes don’t need to end in tragedy.
A small change in speed can make a big difference. Most crashes are caused by a few contributing factors. Even when speed doesn’t cause the crash, it is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed. Speed also reduces the opportunity to react to a mistake, yours or someone else’s – the faster you are travelling, the less time you have.
The introduction of safer speed limits is part of Road to Zero 2020-30, the Government’s road safety strategy, and aligns with the safe system approach, which acknowledges that even responsible people sometimes make mistakes when driving, and aims to minimise the impact of those errors.
Any proposal to drop speed limits is driven by the need to improve safety and reduce harm for everyone on our roads. It will help ensure that in coming years we do not have thousands of people dealing with a road tragedy, which could have been prevented or the harm minimised had people been driving at a slower speed.