Increased Speed Limit v Increased Injury

A recent Court decision involving a brain injured 10 year old girl has important implicationsBritain has some of the safest motorways in Europe, however proposals to raise the 70mph speed limit to 80mph would jeopardise this safety record in the name of the economy.

80mph Speed Limit

The Department of Transport in arguing that the new 80mph limit will shorten journey times and help boost the economy, state that safety cannot be the sole determining factor when changing limits and talk of a "rigorous cost-benefit analysis of speed limits". 

Increased Injury and Death

Road safety campaigners, such as Brake, however condemn the proposal as it will lead to an increase in death and serious injury, such as traumatic brain injury also known as tbi.  They dispute that increasing the maximum speed limit on congested roads increases average journey time. Whilst cars are safer than in 1965 when the current speed limit was introduced, it should be remembered that EuroNCAP crash tests only assess crash protection in 40mph, not at 80mph.  Evidently, the faster we drive, the less time we have to react and the harder we hit.  The Parliamentary Transport Committee itself estimates that an increase in the speed limit to 80mph would result in a 10% rise in casualties.  This increase could in fact be higher if police only enforce the new limit under current guidelines, at 90mph, 20mph above the current speed limit. 

Head Injury UK: Here to help

Whilst any economic benefit from the proposal is far from proven, it seems almost certain that it would lead to an increase in injury such as traumatic brain injury (tbi).  At Head Injury UK we oppose any proposal which will increase the incidence of traumatic brain injury.  Should you or someone you know, have suffered a car accident brain injury, please contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help.

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