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Evaluating the Impacts of Speed Limit Policy Alternatives

  title={Evaluating the Impacts of Speed Limit Policy Alternatives},
  author={Peter Tarmo Savolainen and Timothy J. Gates and Elizabeth Hacker and Amelia Davis and Sterling Frazier and Brendan J. Russo and Emira Rista and Martin R Parker and Fred L Mannering and William Schneider},
As of June 2014, Michigan is one of eight states with a differential speed limit in place on its rural freeways, which sets a maximum speed of 70 mph for passenger vehicles and 60 mph for trucks and buses. In select urban environments, these speed limits are both reduced to a uniform 55 mph limit. Legislation was introduced in early 2014 that proposed increases to these speed limits. In order to ascertain the potential impacts of these proposed speed limit increases, this research examined a… 

Economic Analysis of Freeway Speed Limit Policy Alternatives

Recently, nationwide speed limit policy modifications have resulted in a general upward trend in many states, including Michigan. In Michigan legislation has been proposed to raise posted speed

Safety and Operational Impacts of Differential Speed Limits on Two-Lane Rural Highways in Montana

Findings support transitioning to a uniform 65 mph speed limit on two-lane rural highways in Montana, and candidate highways should possess relatively high traffic volumes, relatively high truck percentages, and limited passing opportunities.

Development of a strategy to prioritize candidate locations for speed limit increases on a high-speed, undivided highway network

The 1995 repeal of the National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) in the United States returned all speed limit policy authority back to the individual states. In the time since the 1995 repeal, a wide

Evaluating Outcomes of Raising Speed Limits on High Speed Non- Freeways

The purpose of this research was to assist in determining the potential impacts of implementing a proposed 65 mph speed limit on non-freeways in Michigan. Consideration was given to a broad range of

Evaluating the Impacts of Freeway Speed Limit Increases on Various Speed Measures: Comparisons Between Spot-Speed, Permanent Traffic Recorder, and Probe Vehicle Data

The state of Michigan increased the maximum speed limit for passenger cars from 70 to 75 mph on 614 mi of rural freeways between May and June of 2017. The maximum speed limit for trucks was also

Raising Speed Limits on Rural Highways: Process for Identification of Candidate Nonfreeway Segments

Speed limits on rural highways have recently been on an upward trend nationwide as 25 states have increased speed limits on such roadways between 2011 and 2016. In January 2017, Michigan House Bill

Evaluating the Impacts of Speed Limit Increases on Rural Two-Lane Highways Using Quantile Regression

Understanding speed selection behavior of drivers following speed limit increases is critically important. To date, the literature has largely focused on freeways and the effects of speed limit

Assessing the Impact of Raising Truck Speed Limits on Traffic Safety

Author(s): Musabbir, Sarder Rafee; Zhang, Michael, PhD | Abstract: This project used statewide crash and traffic data to develop four statistical models to determine the safety impacts of increasing

An economic cost-benefit analysis of a general speed limit on German highways

Uniquely amongst industrialized countries worldwide, Germany does not impose a general speed limit on highways. This is different in the Netherlands, where a limit of 130km/h is implemented. The

Assessing the safety impacts of raising the speed limit on Michigan freeways using the multilevel mixed-effects negative binomial model

The 15 mph increase in the speed limit on Michigan freeways had a significant association with the increase in fatal and injury crashes, total crashes and road departure crashes, and it is suggested that further studies are needed to understand changes in drivers’ behaviors following a speed limit increase.

Evaluation of Michigan 70-mph Speed Limit

On August 1, 1996, the speed limit on certain sections of Michigan freeways increased from 104.6 to 112.6 km/h (65 to 70 mph). This was due to the Michigan Legislature passing a bill that permitted

Empirical Analysis of Truck and Automobile Speeds on Rural Interstates: Impact of Posted Speed Limits

Posted speed limit settings on rural highways have always been a point of contention with different stakeholders having very different perspectives (motorist, enforcement, commercial trucking, etc.).

Effects of 65-MPH Speed Limit on Traffic Safety

In April 1987 the United States Congress passed the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance (STURA) Act that permitted the states to increase the speed limit on rural Interstate

Safety impacts of different speed limits on cars and trucks : final report

The objectives of this study were to determine whether differential or uniform speed limits are more beneficial to transportation safety and traffic operations on Interstate highways. The approach to

Impact of the 65 mph speed limit on accidents, deaths, and injuries in Illinois.

  • S. Rock
  • Economics
    Accident; analysis and prevention
  • 1995


This report describes the analyses performed and results obtained by a study of safety and other impacts of speed limit changes on high-speed roads. The information will be valuable for researchers

Freeway speed limits and traffic fatalities in Washington State.

Evaluating the Impact of the 65 mph Maximum Speed Limit on Iowa Rural Interstates

Abstract In response to a change in federal policy, the state of Iowa raised the maximum speed limit on its rural interstate highway system to 65 miles per hour (mph). Higher speeds are generally

Evaluation of the Impacts of Differential Speed Limits on Interstate Highways in Idaho

In this research, an evaluation of the impacts of differential speed limits (DSL) on rural interstate highways in Idaho was completed. The main purpose for this research was to determine if there