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September Speed Symposium

7 September 2010

The faster one drives, the more likely a crash and the higher the risk of severe injury.

The exact relation between speed and crashes depends on many factors. The injury severity of the vehicle occupants in a crash, for example, is not only determined by the collision speed but also by the mass difference between the vehicles.

With regard to the crash rate, speed has a more prominent role in more complex situations like on urban roads than on less complex roads like motorways. Whatever the case, the effect of speeding measures is determined by absolute driving speeds, road types and speed differences between vehicles.

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