Nearly half of the departments have decided to raise the speed from 80 to 90 km/h on part of their road network. A measure yet considered effective in lowering the death rate of motorists according to Road Safety.
And one more. This Monday, August 1, 6940 kilometers of departmental roads in the Puy-de-Dôme go back to 90 km / h. The department joins the rank of refractory to 80km / h. A measure desired by former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe four years ago to reduce mortality on small roads, but a decision which had angered part of the French.
According to Drivers Defense League, opposed to 80 km / h, 45 departments have, or are about to backtrack, renouncing to apply the measure on certain roads. This represents nearly 14% of the departmental network (52,000 kilometers).
7 departments have completely given up on 80 km/h
Nothing illegal since the LOM law (mobility orientation law), passed at the end of December 2019, authorizes the departments to raise the speed limit to 90 km / h on sections passed to 80 km / h on July 1, 2018.
In concrete terms, seven departments have waived 80km/h on all roads, namely Puy-de-Dôme, Aveyron, Allier, Creuse, Corrèze, Cantal and Ardèche.
The other 38 returned to 90 km/h on only part of their road network. You can check the details on the map below.
Road Safety lists a little less. According to its latest count made on the basis of the census of prefectural decrees, on July 29, 41 departments had returned to 90 km / h on part of their network, against 54 departments remaining at 80 km / h. The latter are therefore still in the majority.
An effective measure on mortality
At ParisianOlivier Amrane (LR), the new president of the Ardèche, assures that “in any case, the 80km / h were not respected”.
Still, lowering the speed to 80km/h seems to have fulfilled its primary purpose. According to figures from the Interministerial Delegation for Road Safety, cited by Le Parisien, in 2021, the number of deaths on the network outside the urban area of the 38 departments which had opted for the increase in speed returned to the level recorded in 2019. While mortality on the network outside urban areas in departments that have remained at 80 km/h is 16.3% lower than in 2019.