Safer speeds, safer roads

Speed limits exist and are enforced throughout Victoria for the safety of all road users. 

We’re setting safe speeds so everyone can have safer and more reliable journeys on the roads they use.

Importance of speed limits in Victoria

Speed plays a huge part in the Safe System (External link) principles which aim to ensure the safety of all drivers and pedestrians on our roads.

The Safe System approach recognises that mistakes happen and our speed limits should be designed in a way that recognises this and reduces the potential of death or serious injury.

Almost half of all lives lost on Victorian roads are on high-speed rural roads, highlighting the importance of suitable speed limits to protect the safety of all Victorians.

Towards Zero 2016-2020 is a plan targeting a 20% reduction in lives lost and a 15% reduction in serious injuries on our roads by 2020.

VicRoads is supportive of trials to investigate the benefits of 30km/h speed limits and to understand the community’s interest in small scale trials on local roads with high concentrations of pedestrians and/or cyclists.

Towards Zero, Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020, indicates that VicRoads and local governments will work together to increase community ownership and support for safer road initiatives and make changes tailored to local conditions and safety risks.

VicRoads is currently operating a 30 km/h trial in Walhalla, more details in media release, and City of Yarra have announced a trial beginning in September 2018  City of Yarra Thanks for 30 website.

Speed up your knowledge and SLOW DOWN

Read through our speed facts and SLOW DOWN to help make Victorian roads safer.

  • Speeding hardly saves time
    • Speeding is a major contributor to Victorian road deaths and trauma, yet brings about only small reductions in travel time. On a 10km journey, you would save 46 seconds by increasing your average speed from 60km/h to 65km/h, but double your chances of being involved in a crash.
  • Lives are in your hands
    • For exposed road users like pedestrians, small differences in speed can mean the difference between life and death. Death or serious injury is unfortunately highly likely for pedestrians in collisions at relatively low speeds. A pedestrian who is hit by a car travelling at 60km/h has little chance of survival, but lowering speed to 50km/h increases the chance of pedestrian survival to 60%. The Monash University (External link) Accident Research Centre pilot program of 40km/h speed limits in high density pedestrian areas showed that pedestrian casualties were significantly reduced by 17%.
  • Over the limit means hitting harder
    • Higher speeds increase the number of crashes, as drivers have less time to react to hazards. Even small increases in travel speed can mean huge increases in the likelihood of a crash that causes death or serious injury.
  • We enforce speed limits
    • Speed limits are enforced throughout Victoria by Victoria Police. If you break the law by exceeding speed limits, you may be subject to fines, loss of licence or imprisonment.
  • Detection of speed is always improving
    • Speed cameras operate throughout Victoria with current measures constantly being improved. Currently, speeding drivers are detected using fixed site speed cameras, mobile cameras and red light speed camera systems. For information relating to the road safety camera network, visit the Cameras Save Lives (External link) website which is managed by the Department of Justice.
  • Observing speed limits save lives
    • Research shows if you are travelling in a 60km/h zone, your chances of being involved in a crash double with every 5km/h increase in speed. Travelling at 65km/h in a 60km/h zone, you are twice as likely to be involved in a crash. A car braking from 65km/h will still be travelling at 32km/h at the point where a vehicle braking from 60km/h has stopped.
  • When you speed, the environment suffers
    • Increasing your speed also increases dangerous vehicle emissions that damage the environment.
  • Neglecting speed limits costs Victorians 
    • The cost of road trauma to the community is too high. The economic cost of road casualty crashes in Victoria is estimated to be more than $2.9 billion, but the financial cost is nothing compared with the emotional cost to families and friends when losing a loved one on the road.

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