Sunday, June 01, 2008

Lower Speeds Save Lives

Here are the figures on the percent of pedestrians who will survive if they are hit by cars travelling at different speeds:

20 mph: 95 percent survive.

30 mph: 45 percent survive.

40 mph: 5 percent survive.

Source: British Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Taking Action On Speeding (1996).

The number of lives saved is actually greater than these figures indicate, because slower speeds reduce the number of accidents as well as reducing the chance of death when there is an accident.


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