The idea of slowing top speeds on traffic in the city to reduce accidents and achieve other important systemic benefits would seem like a pretty sensible, straightforward and affordable thing to do. For a lot of reasons. Let’s have a look.
Question: How fast will car drivers speed on any given stretch of road or street, in or out of the city?
Answer: As fast as they can.
Qualification: And if that is not true for every driver on the road (for example you or maybe me), it is true for enough of them such that if road safety is the goal, then this brutal, uncompromising reality must be taken into serious consideration.
Question 2: Now if this is indeed the case (and it most definitely is!) what if anything can we do about it?