Germany gets first autobahn speed limit

DPA/The Local
DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 9 Apr, 2008 Updated Wed 9 Apr 2008 14:31 CEST
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For the first time in the country's roadway history, a German state has set a speed limit on its autobahns.

On Wednesday, the smallest German state of Bremen, which has just 60 kilometres of autobahn, will begin enforcing a speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour (75 miles per hour) on the highway between the cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven.

"Our goal is to work with other states to set speed limits on autobahns in all of Germany," said Bremen environmental officer Rienhard Loske on Wednesday.

In addition to the environmental benefit of reduced emissions through slower speeds, Loske said that "the danger for deadly accidents is greatly reduced on every stretch of road that has a speed limit."

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