After Haute-Marne and Seine-Marne, Charente and Deux-Sèvres, two neighboring rural departments, have in turn announced the return of maximum speed to 90 km / h on nearly 700 km of roads, announced Thursday January 16 communities.
“It is a measure of common sense that has been very studied”, argued Gilbert Favreau, president of the department of Deux-Sèvres who announced Wednesday the increase in speed for 246 km of roads on the four thousand kilometers of the departmental network. “Our choice fell on busy roads, with traffic. The return to 90 km / h will provide comfort in the time management of users, without jeopardizing their safety “, he assured.
The government’s decision on 1st July 2018 to lower the speed to 80 km / h, the starting point for a sling of motorists, bikers and elected officials, “Does not appear as a speed allowing to modify in any way the accidentology”, he said again. The replacement of the panels will have a cost: 50,000 euros.
25 departments want to return to 90 km / h
The argument is also taken up in Charente, another rural department in New Aquitaine, where the increase in speed to 90 km / h will concern 450 km of roads, “The most visited”, on a network with five thousand and at a total cost of 200,000 euros. “We did a detailed analysis of the accidentology and we came to the conclusion that it is individual behavior, in particular addictive behavior. [sous l’emprise de l’alcool et de la drogue] that cause serious accidents “, declared François Bonneau, president of the departmental council of Charente.
According to a census carried out by Agence France-Presse (AFP) in December, 25 departments have indicated their intention to return to 90 km / h, a derogation now possible since the promulgation of the mobility orientation law on 24 December. Haute-Marne was the first department to announce it on January 8, followed by Seine-et-Marne.