Pedestrians struck at 40 km/h are 75 per cent less likely to die than those hit at 50 km/h according to the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
RSAGIM supports lowered speeds in Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra where there are high volumes of
- vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists
- vehicle traffic and a significant number of vulnerable road users; in many instances this relates to strip shopping centres
- pedestrians whose judgement will be impaired by alcohol, illicit drugs, fatigue or a combination of all; in many instances this relates to entertainment precincts
- public transport users; in many instances this relates to areas around tram stops, bus stops and railway stations
In 2012, VicRoads conducted a review of speed limits in Victoria.
An outcome of the review is to develop guidelines for 40 km/h pedestrian zones across the state, where and when the risk of a pedestrian crash is high, including school speed zones, strip shopping centres and residential streets.