If you haven't driven on one of the "unrestricted" sections of Germany's superhighway system, but desperately want the no-holds-barred "autobahn
experience, " you'd better hurry up and jet to the fatherland. It seems that imposing a permanent speed limit on the autobahns is now hotly debated issue
ahead of this fall's national elections.
The leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), Gabriel Sigmar, proposes a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit on all autobahns, claiming that statistics
show that there are fewer deaths and serious injuries on restricted highways. Germany's Green Party is also behind speed limits, suggesting an 80km/h
(50mph) limit on all country roads.
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Opposing the SPD and Green parties is Germany's automobile organization, ADAC, which believes Sigmar's argument is "unsustainable." ADAC spokesperson
Andreas Hölzel told German newspaper Bild that the current autobahn infrastructure makes for very safe roads. Despite being used for a third of German road
travel, only 11 percent of Germany's serious traffic accidents and fatalities in 2012 were related to the autobahn.
Hölzel was also keen to highlight that no comparison has yet been made between accidents on derestricted autobahns and those with a speed limit in place.
At present, 40 percent of German autobahns have a 130km/h (81mph) limit imposed either temporarily or permanently.
ADAC advocates introducing roundabouts in place of dangerous junctions and adding passing lanes to potentially troublesome spots on minor roads. Why?