France reduced the speed limit on secondary roads without a central reservation from 90km/h to 80km/h, saying it would save 300-400 lives a year.
Of the 189 fewer road deaths recorded last year, Sécurité routière said that: “16 lives were saved during the second semester of 2018 on the network impacted by the lowering of the maximum authorised speed to 80 km/h.”
The agency also stated that “60 more lives would have been saved between November and December 2018 (30 each month)” if a large number of automated speed radar devices had not been damaged.
A huge number of French speed radar machines were vandalised when the gilets jaunes protests started last November. Many remained inoperable through the Christmas and New Year holiday.