Cut speed, save lives, lower emissions
The call to the European Union, made in an ETSC policy paper called Managing speed: towards safe and sustainable road transport highlights the correlation between speed and the increase in both accident rates and emissions.
It estimates that properly enforced speed limits would result in a fall of one million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the UK alone.
In addition, it is estimated that a 5% reduction in speed would result in a 10% fall in car accident injuries.
'Just by driving a bit more slowly every day, each of us can personally contribute to saving lives and creating a healthier planet,' said Gabriel Simcic, ETSC Project Officer.