Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Interventions to reduce road traffic injuries: reducing speed

Situation and trends

Faster driving speeds increase the likelihood of a crash and the severity of the crash consequences. In urban areas, 50 km/h is considered best practice for speed limits, while further reducing these limits to 30 km/h in areas with high concentrations of pedestrians and cyclists is recommended.

64% of participating countries have an urban speed limit of ≤50 km/h, but only 59 of these countries also allow local authorities to reduce these limits where appropriate.

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