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France set to introduce lower speed limit for secondary roads

France speed limitThe French government has revealed details of a planned reduction in the speed limits on secondary highways. Once the draught proposal gets the thumbs up, the maximum speed on an estimated 400,000kms of secondary roads will be cut by 10kmh to 80kmh.

According to the provisional draught, the new speed limit will be implemented on the 1 July 2018. The restriction will basically apply to any non-urban road in France with one traffic lane in each direction and no barrier between them.

The new restriction is being introduced in an attempt to improve safety and cut the number of accident fatalities on French roads. Figures for 2016 show 3,500 people died on national roads and almost 60 per of these were on secondary roads.

Speeding was a contributory factor in a high proportion of the fatal accidents. A reduction of the current 90kmh limit had long been bandied about but met with extensive opposition from France’s motoring community. The government claims the 10kmh lower limit will likely reduce the number of deaths by 400 a year.

Commenting on the new regulations, France’s prime-minister stated that dangerous roads were not a fact of life. Edouard Philippe continued by saying reduced speeds would reduce the statistical likelihood of accidents and alleviate the ramifications in the case of collisions.

In an attempt to win over France’s drivers, the government has cited the introduction of similar unpopular laws making the wearing of seatbelts mandatory and the installation of speed traps. The government says the laws have been instrumental in cutting the number of road deaths.

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