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Record number 405879
Title Making minor rural road networks safer: The effects of 60 km/h-zones
Author(s) Jaarsma, C.F.; Louwerse, W.J.R.; Dijkstra, A.; Vries, J.R. de; Spaas, J.P.
Source Accident Analysis and Prevention 43 (2011)4. - ISSN 0001-4575 - p. 1508 - 1515.
Department(s) Land Use Planning
Strategic Communication
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) speed limits - accidents
Abstract For safety reasons a maximum speed limit of 60km/h has been applied to minor rural roads in the Netherlands since 1998. To support this structurally, a part of these roads have also received additional physical measures in a so-called "low cost design" that is expected to reduce the number of traffic casualties by 10-20%. This measure has been implemented as much as possible in an area oriented way. To measure the design's effectivity, road safety in 20 specific rural areas was studied for 5 years before changes were implemented and, on average, 3.5 years thereafter. The study examined 851km of roads, and a control study was done on 2105km of comparable roads with a speed limit of 80km/h. Both the study and the control roads are managed by water boards. Results show that the measures implemented on the roads in the 60km/h-zones had statistically significant effects (p
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