Pros & Cons: More 30 zones in the local area?

Pros & Cons: More 30 zones in the local area?
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Barbara Rohrhofer

Barbara Rohrhofer

Head of Life and Health Editorial Team

Slow down, please!

In many cities such as Brussels, Amsterdam or Bologna, 30 km/h is now the standard speed and 50 km/h is the marked exception. So it’s only good and right that people in Austria are finally putting the brakes on. The facts clearly speak for this: one in four fatal traffic accidents occurs in the local area. Studies show that speeding 30 km/h can reduce the number of traffic accidents and injured people by 20 to 30 percent, as the Austrian Transport Club (VCÖ) reports.

Speed ​​30 clearly saves lives and can prevent a lot of suffering. In addition, a speed limit of 30 encourages people to walk and cycle because it will make our streets safer for those who want to do without a car.

Philip Hirsch

Philip Hirsch

Head of regional department

The placebo 30s

There is a 30 zone in the immediate vicinity of my house. And I can assure you, I have never seen a car there driving at just 30 kilometers per hour – everyone is traveling at least 50 percent faster. Just as this speed limit is not adhered to, it is also not monitored. I have never witnessed a laser measurement by the police there.

Of course, it is safer to drive at a lower speed in local areas. However, other supposed advantages that are often rumored quickly turn out to be false upon closer inspection. When the speed is reduced from 50 to 30 km/h, noise pollution decreases by around three decibels. This is barely perceptible to the human ear.

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