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Autobahn under attack as politicians push for speed limits - report

 Autobahn under attack as politicians push for speed limits - report
BMW M5 crash in Germany 20.4.2012

The end of the unrestricted autobahn could be near

Germany has long been known as a speed freak's haven but that could soon be changing as several political parties have announced their support for enacting a mandatory speed limit on the autobahn.

The issue isn't particularly new, as the German Green Party has been pushing for speed limits for years, but Sigmar Gabriel - the leader of the SPD party - has joined them by announcing his support of a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit. According to Gabriel, statistics show lower accident rates on restricted sections of the autobahn so imposing speed limits could save lives.

Despite Gabriel's suggestions, the ADAC points out that only 11 percent of Germany's serious traffic accidents and deaths occurred on the autobahn last year. The organization also claims that 60 percent of driving-related fatalities occur on country roads and not on the autobahn.

It remains unclear if the allure of the autobahn is enough to keep the politicians away, but rumors have suggested the SPD and Green Party could form a coalition if the former party wins the next election.

Source: Autocar
Published May 8, 2013 5:40 pm By Michael Gauthier
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Comments (36)

 LWE7 LWE7
I'd say a limit of 300 km/h would be reasonable. Otherwise above that speed you would have to go on a circuits.
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May 10, 2013 5:46 am
 xLumino xLumino
I think, it's a good idea. 130km/h whould be absolutely ok. And more speedcameras on highly frequentet routes like BAB8 around Stuttgart. The ecological part of this discussion might be more interesting. It's incredible much more CO2 emitted by higher speed... The higher speed is at first not really the reason of badly accidents. But there is an agressive potential in this context.
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May 9, 2013 12:59 pm
 charlemagne charlemagne
it's not like everyone is driving like crazy at 200+ kmh. most aren't speeding. the 120 kmh speed limit is useless. plus, on autobahn you can run in absolutely safe conditions at 140-150 kmh. problems are the so called 'geisterfahrer'- either suiciders or simply disoriented people who enter on the autobahn on the wrong way and also the traffic jams.
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May 9, 2013 12:23 pm
 BimmerE36 BimmerE36
Just like how people dream about coming here to New York City, I dream about driving on the Autobahn.
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May 9, 2013 8:59 am
 imsaid imsaid
Yes stupid driving is the main cause of accidents but lets be fair the more the speed the more the risk and injury
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May 9, 2013 8:51 am
 Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Stupid far-left hippies! Driving down the Autobahn is on my "things to do before I die" list, and it hasn't been completed yet. Now it'll probably be ruined.Green Party idiots, go drive your Priuses and Volts and Amperas or some other crap, but keep your dirty hands of the Autobahn speed limit goddamnit!
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May 9, 2013 7:10 am
 AudiRS7 AudiRS7
Faith in humanity has been lost.
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May 9, 2013 3:38 am
 alihijazi alihijazi
speed has never killed anybody, suddenly becoming stationary... that's what gets you
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May 9, 2013 3:07 am
 Alinx Alinx
why our cars can go with 200+ km/h? why?! where is the logic?
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May 9, 2013 12:55 am
 Alinx Alinx
we want no speed limit all over and we are the power!! we decide our best!
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May 9, 2013 12:52 am
 rjmc rjmc
To be honest, I don't think it will be a huge loss. I drove from Frankfurt to Koln to Hamburg to Berlin and back to Frankfurt (most of the way around Germany) 2 years ago and 90% of the Autobahn had an 80kmph speed limit. It's a joke. There are a few 2-3km sections which have no speed limit, and the rest of it is very much limited. No great loss in my opinion.
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May 8, 2013 11:48 pm
 GMW GMW
This is a very bad idea! Especially considering the reason their cars are built generally to a higher engineering degree is that they have to be able to cope with 200km/h plus drivers on derestricted parts of the autobahn. By putting on a speed limit the manufacturers will now design most of their cars to handle speeds up to 120km/h thereby creating lower quality cars as an indirect result. The politicians haven't thought this one through.
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May 8, 2013 11:34 pm
 porsche6616 porsche6616
it's probably good idea to set limit at 160km/hr... what's the point of letting people drive faster than that except to race or do that to have fun... it's not like Europeans are so busy... i am sure people in China with severe traffic jams are still 10 times more productive than Europeans
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May 8, 2013 11:21 pm
 jamsbong jamsbong
These politicians can't wait to satisfy their itchy fingers to issue a ticket. After all, it will be another source of revenue. After doing so, they will start preaching that speed = death. In reality, that is never the case.
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May 8, 2013 8:26 pm
 SPORTINGUISTA_29 SPORTINGUISTA_29
what happened?
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May 8, 2013 8:17 pm
 erzhik erzhik
lack of speed limits don't cause accidents. Stupid drivers cause accidents. I mean, look at US. Speed limit is 60, and people still manage to crash their Priuses.
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May 8, 2013 8:04 pm
 anneiv anneiv
It won't do anything to automobile industry. As an alternative, there should be more racetracks.
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May 8, 2013 7:33 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
Get rid of them stupid, fat truck drivers and this is sorted.
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May 8, 2013 6:41 pm
 CDspeed CDspeed
If I could vote on this I'd vote to leave it as it is, I'm sure more serious accidents happen on country roads because the people who drive the Autobahn to drive super fast are usually paying full attention to their driving.
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May 8, 2013 6:16 pm
 bert2578 bert2578
Noooo! where else will i be able to hit 200mph? what will this do to the automobile industry
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May 8, 2013 5:47 pm