Manuelle Salathé, Head of the French Road Safety Observatory, Ministry of the Interior, France

Manuelle Salathé has been head of the French Road Safety Observatory since 2012, and is advisor to the Road Safety Director. She leads the network of Local Road Safety Observatories in order to build, check and analyse the National Road Safety Database. She is also in charge of the road safety research and studies strategy and programme of research projects and evaluations.

As a senior civil servant and roads civil engineer from the high level Schools Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, she worked in road operations, road safety improvement schemes and partnerships, and major road projects for both local and national road networks ; for 10 years in France and five years in England (with the Highways Agency, now Highways England).

She is Care expert for the European Commission, and France expert at IRTAD-OECD.

Presentation: Why should we lower speed limits outside built-up areas ? The French experience
The presentation will provide elements on the context that led France to lower speed limits from 90 km/h to 80 km/h on non-motorways roads outside built-up areas and the results after 18 months.