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Old 04-03-2011, 03:30 PM
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Voters of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, home to both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, have elected the Green Party to power, and that change may end up being felt on the Autobahn. Automotive News reports that one of the promises made by the Greens was to implement a speed cap of 120 km/h (74.5 mph) on stretches of the Autobahn that are currently unrestricted.

According to Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche, speed limits aren't good for business, noting that buyers from other countries view the Autobahn as part of the company's formula for developing high-performing vehicles. "We're well advised to maintain the Autobahn sections that don't have a speed limit," says Zetsche.

The new political leadership doesn't see things that way. Winfried Kretschmann, who could soon be named State Premier, says the Autobahn contributes 30 percent of the area's emissions. On the Green Party's website, Kretschmann points the finger at the transportation, saying that the sector "has to make a contribution of its own to reduce this gas that's harmful to the environment."

[Source: Automotive News sub. req.]Autobahn to get speed limits in Porsche's home state? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 03 Apr 2011 15:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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It is inevitable. Speeding is fun, but pollution and the amount of traffic are much bigger problems than a few percent of drivers not being able to drive at the speed they would like to.
That said, 120 km/h is too slow, even in restricted Holland the speed limit is being raised at 130 km/h and in Italy on some autostrada 150 km/h.

I live in western NC and have a few log homes for sale now because they reduced the speed limits on my mountain carving roads.

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I remember reading somewhere that back when the federal government was mandating 55 MPH maximum speed limitss nationwide, enforcement of those limits declined significantly as you got farther away from Washington, DC.
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It is inevitable. Speeding is fun, but pollution and the amount of traffic are much bigger problems than a few percent of drivers not being able to drive at the speed they would like to.
That said, 120 km/h is too slow, even in restricted Holland the speed limit is being raised at 130 km/h and in Italy on some autostrada 150 km/h.
That's news to me.

In France, however, they often have a 130 km/h limit in good weather but 110 km/h in rain => "It couldn't have been raining officer - my automatic windscreen wipers didn't come on!"
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