Unintended consequences of speeding on safe roads is that we know it is safe
The Waikato region has the highest road toll in the country, with 55 deaths so far this year.
Factoring in loss of life, loss of output medical, property damage, legal and court costs, those deaths came at an estimated social cost of $219 million.
The region’s transport committee chair, Hugh Vercoe, said some country roads were not safe at 100 kilometres an hour – while sections of the new expressway, which will link Auckland to Cambridge, could be suitable for a higher speed limit.
“We’re saying what is appropriate, and if the Waikato Expressway, with its four lanes, with separation in the middle, is 100km/h, is that the safe speed limit?
“That may be part of the discussion and we may well say that could go to 110.”
Automobile Association motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon agreed the expressway was being built to a very high standard and could operate safely at 110km/h.
“Many of those roads will be running pretty much at 110km at the moment when they’re uncongested, they’ll be running very close to that,” he said. “But, of course, those people are currently speeding.”
The way we seem to be going is that the very clear 50 /70 / 100 zones are slowly being diluted to make sure that hot spots have the speed limit reduced. But at least there is some honesty about lifting it where it is safe to do so as well. Read more »