Effects of higher maximum speed limits to vehicle speeds: A before - after analysis on rural divided highways in Vietnam
This study is to assess the effects of raising speed limits to vehicle operating speeds on rural divided highways in Vietnam. Vehicle speeds were recorded at three different sites of three routes during the daytime and nighttime, both before and after speed limits on these sites increasing from 80 km/h to 90 km/h. The results have shown that the percentage of speeds exceeding speed limits had a wide range from 0% to nearly 30% with regard to different locations, survey time and speed limits. The extent of speeding in some cases was very high even after speed limit increased. It was found that in most cases, the changes in mean speeds after a higher speed limit was applied were statistically significant at the p-value of 0.05, however, the magnitudes of the mean change varied considerably between locations and survey times. Because four out of six cases under the study having mean speeds increased by over 10 km/h after setting up a higher speed limit, this study suggests that further appropriate measures of speed control and speed management should be applied along with increasing speed limit to ensure traffic safety on rural divided highways in Vietnam.
Article history: Received 27 March 2018, Revised 18 April 2018, Accepted 27 April 2018
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