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Speed Management


At its core, speed management focuses on how best to set and enforce speed limits. Speed management is a complex issue involving both engineering and behavioral factors. Ultimately it is the motorist who decides what speed to travel in a given circumstance, and a significant aspect of speed management research is to investigate how motorists arrive at that decision.

Speed management researchers develop and test engineering measures and technologies to manage speeds, while seeking ways to encourage wider adoption of travel speeds appropriate for the class of road, roadway design, and travel conditions.