As France prepares to cut the speed limit on two lane countryside roads from 90 km/h to 80km/h, a road safety organisation, which is in favour of the controversial change, has mapped out the most dangerous roads in each department in France.
The League Against Road Violence (Ligue contre la violence routiere) commissioned a study to back the drop in the speed limit which aimed to show the most dangerous roads in each part of France based on the number of fatalities in accidents between 2006 and 2015.
“Department by department, this study by the League Against Road Violence lists the departmental and national roads which have witnessed the most fatal accidents. These 92 maps validate the principle of the government's reform, which will be applied on July 1st,” said the organisation.
The League's Chantal Perrichon added: “Not surprisingly, our study shows that the so-called 'good' secondary roads are the ones that have the highest number of deaths and therefore the government policy is right. It's true and it's good to have proof.”
The roads highlighted are the two lane highways with no central reservation which will be subject to the cut in speed limits. In all there are 400,000 km of roads, 40 percent of the overall network, which will be subject to the law change.
Here's a look at some of the departments starting with the south west. Click on the titles for more information.
Between 2006 and 2015 there were 286 deaths on the two lane highways without a central reservation, which will be subject to the new cut in speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h.
In Charente there were 176 fatalities on roads that will be subject to the drop in speed limit.
There were 414 deaths on two lane highways without a central reservation between 2006 and 2015 in Charente-Maritime.
There were 235 deaths on the two lane highways of Lot-et-Garonne between 2006 and 2015.
Greater Paris region of Île de France