Australia is a vast country connected by a large road network to allow Australians to travel long distances. There is a high rate of road accidents which have been attributed to speed. This has led governments to maintain low speed limits and remove unlimited speeds on certain roads.
By lowering speed limits, another cause of accidents has arisen: driver fatigue. Driving long distances is physically tiring on drivers, low speed limits mean that long trips take longer than they should.
The Liberal Democrats believe that road safety legislation should be based around safety and efficiency. In order to achieve this, government should implement the 85th percentile rule. This rule dictates that limits should be set at a speed that 85% of drivers do not exceed.
The 85th percentile rule would see the introduction of higher speed limits that would reduce accidents due to fatigue.
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