Despite handing out thousands of traffic infringement notices, many drivers are not slowing down—road design might be the key to getting drivers to slow down.


This article by Seairra Sheppard, writing for Strong Towns, makes the following points:
  • Civil engineering student, Zachary Staggs, experimented to see if traffic fines slowed traffic.
  • On a city road in El Paso, she found that eighty per cent of drivers exceeded the speed limit.
  • Making roads safer by making them wider and straighter encourages higher speeds.
  • If officials want drivers to slow down, they need to design roads that make drivers feel less safe.


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