Evidence shows NT speed limits save lives

New evidence reveals that introducing speed limits to highways in the Northern Territory has saved the life of many a motorist.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Trauma Committee have just published a study that shows 48 fewer people have died because of driving over 100km/h since 2007, which is when speed limits were introduced.

Before 2007, Territory used de-restriction signs on highways, which indicate unlimited speeds. After this, an open road default limit of 110km/h was introduced, as well as a 130km/h on the Stuart, Arnhem, Barkly and Victoria highways.

Dr David Read, Territory representative of the Committee, said the study "indicates that in the five years leading up to the introduction of speed limits in 2007, 153 people died on Territory roads while travelling at speeds in excess of 100km/h".

This number, he said, fell to 105 in the five years after 2007, which means speed limits have saved almost ten lives every year since they were implemented.

The government has been planning to abolish speed limits on the highways. This evidence, says the College of Surgeons, should make them reconsider.

This is a sentiment every fleet manager is sure to share.

These speed limits may be preventing motorists from dying in high-speed accidents, but apparently the number of crashes occurring at low speeds (below 100km/h) on Territory roads is continuing to rise.

Between 2002 and 2006, 88 low-speed accidents were recorded; between 2008 and 2012, this number had risen dramatically to 137.

Dr Read said this trend is "particularly worrying" and warrants further investigation from both the government and road safety experts in the area.

If you use Smartfleet's fleet services, your drivers will have access to quick and professional roadside assistance and accident management, in the event that they are involved in a crash.



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