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Paris sets speed limit for vehicles at 30 kmph to reduce accidents
Apart from reducing accidents, the speed limit will also make Paris more pedestrian-friendly, curbing pollution. The WHO says casualties on roads constitute an additional socio-economic burden. Studies show the factors that contribute to over-speeding are the age of the driver, the gender of co-traveller, alcohol, the state of the road, the condition of the vehicle and weather. Obviously, there are more accidents in underdeveloped countries, especially marking driver behaviour.

1) See: WHO report on road safety AND,

2) Speed Management

PARIS, Sept 1: The French Capital, Paris has set a speed limit of 30 kmph for vehicles in the city with a view to curbing accidents, reducing the number of vehicles on the roads as well as reducing pollution. It will also make Paris more pedestrian-friendly. The order came into force on Monday. Any violation will be costly, inviting a minimum fine of 90 Euros.

(Also Read: 7 killed as Audi Q3, driven by politician's son, zips through Bengaluru's streets at 150 kmph, crashes)

Paris officials said the new measure is aimed at increasing traffic safety, creating more space for cyclists, reducing noise and contributing to climate protection. They said a survey showed 59% of Parisians favoured the new speed limit.

Socialist Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said the Paris city's air quality will improve with the curb. "The point is to reduce the space taken by cars, which involves lowering their speeds," Paris' Deputy Mayor, David Belliard, said.

In fact, the city had imposed the speed limit in July on 60% of roads but now it covers the whole city. Some sections, however, like the Marshals or the Champs-Elysees, have been exempted, they will continue to allow 50 kph speed limits.

The rule already exists in some other parts of France also Lille, Montpellier, Grenoble, Nantes and Rennes. In Europe, Lausanne, Hamburg, Bremen, Munich and Berlin also have similar speed limits.

While some people reacted saying it just annoys the drivers and benefits none, others welcomed the restriction saying it helps make cities more livable. Vehicle owners have raised objections.

Studies have indicated that speed is the culprit in road accidents. And, why speed? Among others, the factors that propel the speed are the age of the driver, the gender of co-traveller, alcohol, the state of the road, the condition of the vehicle and weather. Obviously, there are more accidents in underdeveloped countries. The higher the speed the higher the likelihood of death. That is to say, the higher the speed, the shorter the time available to brake and bring the vehicle to a halt. More important, the unsuspecting pedestrians fall prey to someone's rash driving.

The WHO has recommended that the member-countries limit the speed of vehicles on the roads to reduce accidents and casualties. Casualties and injuries constitute an additional socio-economic burden. Every year an estimated 1.25 million people die in road mishaps.

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