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Australia will have 120 miles of highway without speed limits

 Australia will have 120 miles of highway without speed limits
Stuart highway in Australia 16.10.2013

Starting February 2014

Australia's Northern Territory transport minister Peter Styles announced 120 miles of the Stuart Highway will not have a speed limit.

Australia will be the first to provide an Autobahn alternative starting February 2014 when they will lift the current 130 km/h (81 mph) speed limit between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek. This will be done for a 12-month trial as a result of the fact that no fatalities related to speeding have been recorded between 2001 and 2011.

As you would imagine, not everybody is happy with this decision and one example is Australian Automobile Association boss Andrew McKellar who described this decision as "gambling with people's lives… it is absolutely inevitable that people will die as a result."

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Comments (24)

 Aesthetics Aesthetics
so who wants to invest? hotel, dig up a lake slap bang in the middle, build a 5 star hotel around it. bikini, nice breeze off the lake for some cooling. a port for car people, it will go international as the autobahm is congested and often pointless
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October 17, 2013 9:27 am
 ChrisPettit ChrisPettit
The first to provide an Autobahn alternative? Montanabahn? http://www.us-highways.com/montana/mtspe...#*
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October 17, 2013 7:43 am
 sensei sensei
Posters here keep ignoring that for 10 years not a single speed related fatality. More people have died in other parts of Australia due to drunk driving. Is Germany or Australia going to outlaw beer?
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October 16, 2013 8:47 pm
 F458 F458
I am not in favor of the idea at all. I pray for those who speed will make it safe to the other end of the highway without jeopardizing other people life that share the road. What do you do in life that is so imperative that you need to travel so fast on the road? I can see the point with local enforcing authority, but for daily commuter, slow down and enjoy your driving, if you're late to work, you're late to work.
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October 16, 2013 1:50 pm
 memexe memexe
Probably costs more in law enforcement than cleaning out scrap metal and corpses!
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October 16, 2013 12:37 pm
 Faithback Faithback
A sleepy driver is more dangerous than one travelling at high speed. Look at that desert stretch! Little (if any) exciting or interesting sites along the way. Worse is one dosing away at full speed...
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October 16, 2013 10:43 am
 Darkstar Darkstar
I'm German and it's a bad idea in my opinion. Only one lane in each direction, and no barrier between them. In Germany it's possible to survive a crash with 120mhp or more on the Autobahn. Now crash on that road, in the middle of the desert, where you probably see more kangaroos than people who could help. It will be a point for speed tourism, and a graveyard ...
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October 16, 2013 7:37 am
 Madness Madness
With all those V8's I hope they'll have petrol stations every couple of miles!
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October 16, 2013 7:34 am
 JoeyHapro JoeyHapro
i find it refreshing that another country gives way for some fun on the road. still, one has to drive responsible - like, if someone comes the other way: let of the gas.. but it is proven that people pay more attention to driving and traffic when they go faster, which again is common sense cause you have to concentrate on what you are doing. this is why the german autobahn has one of the lowest percentages in accidents compared to the traffic put through, of all the highways in the world. just because you have to pay more attention. that's it.
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October 16, 2013 6:42 am
 SirLukkas SirLukkas
Finally some common sense.
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October 16, 2013 5:54 am
 EnzoTinyu EnzoTinyu
Narrow single lane highway, what's worst than a head on collision at unlimited speed?
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October 16, 2013 5:42 am