SPEED SAFELY

Counterproductive law enforcement:

Strict speed enforcement could have a detrimental impact on road safety because drivers are dedicating more attention to monitoring their speed than detecting hazards, a study has found.

A sensible and plain-speaking academic – a true rarity – explains.

[Lead researcher Dr Vanessa Bowden] said road safety authorities should take note.

“There can be a perception that by making it stricter you’re only going to get benefits, like you’ll get everyone driving more slowly and more safely,” she said.

“But … you can’t necessarily make drivers pay more attention to the speed and go more slowly without taking their attention away from some other critical aspect of driving.”

Loosening up speed enforcement would cost the financially strapped West Australian government millions in lost fine revenue so it ain’t gonna happen.

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