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Old 04-11-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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The interstate system we enjoy today was backed by Eisenhower after he saw how efficient the Autobahn was in Germany. The Autobahn has a very simple rule, if you're not passing, move over. If you get hit from behind in the far left lane, it's your fault! Keep right except to pass! Also notice the autobahn has NO SPEED LIMIT and it works very well. For more information go to slower-traffic-keep-right.com
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Portions of the Autobahn have no speed limit. Not all of it.

However, our freeways are safely designed for 75 - 80 MPH speed limits.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Northeast Texas
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Portions of the Autobahn have no speed limit. Not all of it.

However, our freeways are safely designed for 75 - 80 MPH speed limits.
Can you show me the source where our freeways are safely designed at that speed?
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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I wish portions of our interstates had no speed limit
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Portions of the Autobahn have no speed limit. Not all of it.

However, our freeways are safely designed for 75 - 80 MPH speed limits.
Wait, are you stating our freeways are only designed to manage speeds lower than 80??
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Summerwood
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The autobahns are built to higher standards and therefore can handle higher speeds. Highways in Texas are not built as thick and therefore require much more maintenance and basicallly fall apart faster.

Also, people here do not know how to drive properly (slow traffic stay right, pass only on left) and act like they own the road. In Germany, drive like that and your license is taken away. Driving is a privilege!!!!!
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Wait, are you stating our freeways are only designed to manage speeds lower than 80??

No, I'm saying that our freeways are built to handle regular travel at 75 - 80 MPH. 60 is ridiculously low and merely a way for cities to rake in revenue.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: TMI
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Portions of the Autobahn have no speed limit. Not all of it.

However, our freeways are safely designed for 75 - 80 MPH speed limits.
Obviously, there are portions where you can't do it. Sharp curves, mountains, road work etc. The same could be done here.

I'm sure that the 85 MPH proposal would probably just affect the areas where it's currently 80 MPH - between San Antonio and El Paso. Don't think it's gonna be done anywhere else.
But yeah, the drivers here are too bad.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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The interstate system we enjoy today was backed by Eisenhower after he saw how efficient the Autobahn was in Germany. The Autobahn has a very simple rule, if you're not passing, move over. If you get hit from behind in the far left lane, it's your fault! Keep right except to pass! Also notice the autobahn has NO SPEED LIMIT and it works very well. For more information go to slower-traffic-keep-right.com
Germany didn't take over all of Europe. All the other countries (with the possible exception of Italy) have speed limits around what there is in the US and Canada.

The German Autobahn is built to MUCH higher standards, and the driving rules are much more organized and strict than they are in North America. Even so, if there as a section of Interstate without a speed limit, it'd have to be I-10 and I-20 in west Texas and I-27 between Lubbock and Amarillo.

Hey, if I-27 had no speed limit, it'd finally be a redemming interstate!
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Broomfield, CO
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Also, keep in mind the vast majority of vehicles in Texas are fullsize SUV's and pickups, most of which couldn't even get to 100 MPH without shaking violently and "floating" Those that could get above 100 MPH, would flip so easily, the fatality rates would skyrocket. Large vehicles become more and more difficult to control the faster you go. In Europe, most vehicles are small. Many cars can easily do 120-130, or even 140 without too many issues.


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The interstate system we enjoy today was backed by Eisenhower after he saw how efficient the Autobahn was in Germany. The Autobahn has a very simple rule, if you're not passing, move over. If you get hit from behind in the far left lane, it's your fault! Keep right except to pass! Also notice the autobahn has NO SPEED LIMIT and it works very well. For more information go to slower-traffic-keep-right.com
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