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      07-10-2007, 02:27 PM   #89
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Originally Posted by Insider View Post
The point is 65 mph speed limits on freeways is often too slow. Certain sections, yes it is ok. But most freeways a 100 mph speed limit would be very safe. The autobahn with no speed limit works great and there is a lower death rate on the autobahn than our highways. So clearly speed does not kill, but rather incompetent drivers that don't know how to drive.
Exactly. The presence of incompetent drivers is as good a reason for the lower speed limit on the US Interstates as anything anyone can conjure up. It takes a lot more to get a driver's license in Europe than from the DMV bubblegum machines in the U.S. Even then, there are still some very bad drivers in Europe.

It has been more than ten years since I last drove on the Autobahn. Then it was maintained extremely well; much better than the U.S. Interstate. I doubt that has changed significantly. 100+ on a well maintained highway is inherently safer than 65 on a pockmarked slab of low-grade concrete with uneven patches and pours.

I think you're missing the point of the speed limits. The roadway design and construction may make the road safe at speeds higher than the posted limit but somewhere in the laws established by the people of the states through their elected representatives the maximum allowable speed on certains stretches and grades of highway has been set to be much lower than the theoretical maximum safe speed.
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