New data suggests legal speeds on many Western Bay of Plenty roads are too high but road safety advocates say cutting limits is not the answer.

According to a New Zealand Transport Agency Mega Maps risk assessment data tool, the limits of about 80 per cent of 50km/h and 100km/h roads in Tauranga and the Western Bay were either higher or lower than what was assessed as safe and appropriate for the conditions.

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The majority of limits were too high, including a huge 93 per


100km/h speed limit

Road deaths since 2000


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