Controversy over the maximum speed limits

Everything indicates that the changes in speed limits of the roads in our country will enter into force after the summer holidays, probably in October. Specifically, we talk about the increase of 120 km/h to 130 km/h on some stretches of highway and provided the weather and traffic conditions allow. Moreover, it has also been talked about decreasing to 90 km/h on conventional roads (those in which the width of the shoulder is more than 1.5 meters), and 30 km/h on urban roads with one lane and unique sense of movement or a lane in each direction of movement.

These changes have raised some controversy, as there are those in favor of the increase in the maximum speed on motorways and who are completely against.

On one hand, users are happy about this changes involving the increase of the speed limits, while some public sector entities are against the measure (the Spanish Foundation for Traffic Safety (Fesvial), the National Confederation of Schools (CNAE), the Association for prevention of Accidents (AESLEME), the Association for Aid and Orientation for those Affected by the Road Traffic (STOP ACCIDENTS) and the Association for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (P(A)T)).

The fear that the increase in accidents could be proportional to the speed of the track is the main argument against this measure.

In this line, according to a study by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), to extend the speed limit only 1 km/h may cause an increase of 3% of traffic accident and, by contrast, the OCDE (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) ensures that lower 5% the speed limit rate could reduce 20% of fatal accidents.

Given these numbers, it seems complicated to approve the increase the maximum speed on motorways, but it seems that the change from 120 to 130 km/h is assumed.


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