France: Report Shows Lowered Speed Limit Costs $4.4 Billion

The government of France insisted 400 lives would be saved annually after it lowered the speed limit on departmental roads to 80km/h (50 MPH) in July. The pro-motorist group 40 Million Motorists in November looked at the issue from another angle and asked, how much does that policy of lowering speed limits cost the public in terms of lost productivity? The group formed a committee of independent academics, lawyers and representatives from the motoring community to examine the question, reviewing as much data as were available — the effort was hindered by French officials who denied requests for access to more complete accident data. The committee released the first draft of a report and invited comments and revisions from the public…