Nya hastighetsgränser i Sverige: hur upplever bilisterna detta?

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Helena Svensson

This report is one of several sub-projects under the mission "New speed limits - Follow-up 2008-2011". The report aims to highlight the drivers' view of the national speed limit changes that have been made under Phase I, concerning speed limits on the Swedish national road network. The evaluation includes both increases as decreases in the speed limits. The method used is roadside interview, where police stopped passing drivers for control of driving licenses and blood alcohol level. After the control the drivers were interviewed about their views on the new speed limits. The results show that the drivers were aware of Swedish Road Administration's (SRA) work with the new speed limits' and more than half of the drivers responded that safety is increased when the speed limit is lowered, but there were also many who believed that safety remains unchanged. Despite the short time since the change, the majority of the drivers seem to accept the new speed limits. The drivers did not believe that a lower speed limit will decrease the accessibility. There are no clear differences between men's and women's perceptions, in addition to that women more than men believe it is good that the SRA reduced the speed limits. Regarding differences in responses between the perceptions of different age groups it can be noted that younger more than older people believe that the public will adjust its speed to the new speed limits better than the old ones.

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