divided The speed limit for motorways in Germany. According to the current Germany, the trend in the ARD morning magazine, the half of Germans (51 percent) are in favour of the introduction of a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on German highways, 47 percent of citizens are against a speed limit.

This does not change in the sentiment compared to November 2007, as the issue had been discussed in the Public, it said. While men were more likely to be against the introduction of a speed limit, would be women rather.

Little bit of a speed limit, the followers of the AfD and the FDP, the Greens and the Left had a majority for a speed limit to keep according to the survey. In the ranks of the government parties CDU/CSU and SPD, the opinions were divided.

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at the end of last week, had made known the MIRROR Reflection of a government – appointed working group to more climate protection in transport- including a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on highways, higher fuel and quota for electric cars. It is, however, a first proposal, “with no Preconceptions connected”, as it says in the paper. Nevertheless, a fierce debate followed.

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What traffic experts say

In the run-up to the German traffic court tags in Goslar, the scene of the accident experts, supports the call for a General speed limit. As a result, the safety to increased road traffic and the number of traffic fatalities will be reduced.

“If we do not want to accept the fact that each year, approximately 3200 people get killed in road accidents, we need to come up with something,” says the Deputy Federal Chairman of the police Union (GdP), Michael Mertens. “If someone with a pace of 180 is on the road and in front of him, a vehicle veers off at 90 in the fast Lane, the fast wrong.” The Accident research of the insurers (UDV). “The speed differences between the lanes, to take more and more,” says UDV-Director Siegfried Brockmann. The have, often with disastrous consequences.

Whether or not a speed limit, ensures safety, is little researched and, therefore, controversial. However, a study by the German traffic safety Council (DVR) in the year 2016 showed that on sections with a speed limit per Kilometer of about 26 per cent fewer people killed in road accidents than on routes without speed limit. The number of seriously injured is on routes with a speed limit of 17 percent was also lower.

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But there are also other voices – such as the traffic jam researcher Michael Schreckenberg. “A speed limit is not the goal of a leader,” said transport expert from the University of Duisburg-Essen, the German press Agency. “I think controlled speed limits is justified, if the traffic is dense – through variable View. It is already on many routes.”

There are three arguments that you cite for a speed limit. “The first is to avoid traffic jams. But this is nonsense. The emergence of congestion is not primarily dependent on whether I can get 120 or 160 drive. The second Argument is the lower CO2 emissions. However, this Argument is not tenable, since the technology of the vehicle and therefore fuel consumption is improved. The third road safety. But if I’m driving with a speed of 100 or 160 in front of the tree I am in two cases, dead.”

One of the biggest risks is the distraction of drivers, about by Smartphones. “Here, the policy must begin in order to reduce the accident figures.”


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