The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy believes that cutting the speed limit in built-up areas from 60 km/h to 50 km/h will help reduce road deaths in South Africa. What do you think?

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) believes that cutting the speed limit in built-up areas from 60 km/h to 50 km/h will help reduce road deaths in South Africa. What do you think?

reports that Paul White, ITDP Africa regional director, said in a statement that the reduction will improve the quality of urban life, particularly for children.

"The default speed limit in South African cities is 60 km/h. Of course, speeds are even higher due to loose enforcement and street designs that allow or even encourage speeding," Paul White, ITDP Africa regional director, said in a statement.

"A reduction in the default speed limit to 50 km/h is the first step that should be taken to reduce speeds enough to save hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.

White says there is worldwide proof that reducing the speed limit to 50 km/h has led to fewer accidents. He went on to say that in Switzerland accidents involving pedestrians fell by 20 per cent and pedestrian deaths by 25 per cent, while in Australia there was a 22 per cent cut in crashes involving pedestrians.

What do you think?

Original article from Car