Methods and Practices for Setting Speed Limits
Methods and Practices for Setting Speed Limits
This informational report by the Institute of Transportation Engineers and Federal Highway Administration describes four primary practices and methodologies that are used in establishing speed limits (engineering approach, expert systems, optimization, and injury minimization). It also reviews the basic legalities of speed limits and presents several case studies for setting speed limits on a variety of roads.

The report provides more detail on the above methods and other supporting information pertaining to safety of speed, speed limit basics, setting speed limits, speed limit sign design and placement, speed study data collection, speed limit enforcement, as well as two case studies. Written by Gerald Forbes, ITE Project Consultant and Technical Editor

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