Slow Down! Autobahn Hits a Limit

Germany rolls out first 75mph speed limit
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 10:16 AM CDT
Germany's autobahn has always been associated with high performance cars and three digit speeds. Now one state has imposed a 75mph speed limit.    ((c) schoschie)
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(Newser) – The German autobahn is one of the world's last stretches of open road where a driver can learn how it feels to coax a Porsche to 200 mph and beyond—legally. But those days are numbered. the German state of Bremen has imposed a 75 mph speed limit and others may follow, reports Der Spiegel

The federal government may also impose an autobahn speed limit soon. "The speed limit protects not only the environment and climate but—first and foremost—people," said Bremen's environment minister. "The danger of severe accidents with human injuries is significantly lower."