|The OECD/ECMT report Speed Management was released in
October 2006. The report is the result of two years of work by a group of expert researchers in the
field of traffic safety from 16 countries and chaired by Jacques Nouvier (France).
Speeding is the number one road safety problem in a large number of OECD/ECMT countries. It is responsible for around one third of the current, unacceptably high levels of road fatalities. Speeding has an impact not only on accidents but also on the environment, energy consumption and quality of life, particularly for residents in urban areas.
Reducing average speeds on the roads by only 5% will save around 20% of current fatalities. There is good experience available on how to quickly reduce the extent of speeding and thereby reduce current fatalities and injuries. Reduced speeding will also reduce the adverse environmental and social impacts associated with excessive speed, particularly in urban areas.
Comprehensive measures are required which are best developed as part of a coordinated speed management policy package. The report reviews a wide range of speed management measures including: infrastructure, signs and signing, vehicle technologies, education and training, enforcement and new technologies, such as intelligent speed adaptation (ISA). It describes how individual measures can be combined in the framework of a speed management policy and highlights the specific needs of development countries in terms of speed management.