France introduces 80km/h limit on 400,000km of road

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have notified that two-lane roads in France have had their default speed limit reduced 90 to 80 km/h since 1 July. Here's what they reported: 

"The change applies on 40% of the French road network; some 400,000 km of roads are affected by the lower limit.

The government says that 350-400 deaths a year could be prevented by the measure. 55% of French road deaths occur on two-lane roads with no separating guard rail.

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A new campaign has been launched to communicate the safety benefits of the new speed limit, including a film that shows how the 13m stopping distance gained can prevent a serious collision."

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