Why safe speeds matter

Safe Speeds involves reconsidering speed limits to reflect the road quality and its surroundings.

Traffic calming infrastructure such as roundabouts are also used to help manage speed.

The Safe Speed component of Towards Zero is concerned with setting appropriate speed limits and travelling at safe speeds that are right for the conditions. If speed limits are set appropriately and drivers travel within those limits, the effectiveness of initiatives implemented in the road or vehicle space are enhanced and help reduce road trauma.

Human tolerance in different crash types


Head-on 70 km/h

Side-impact 50 km/h

Side-impact with tree 30 km/h

Impact with pedestrian 30 km/h