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athenseric
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Shadowblade40
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There should be sections of interstate with no speed limit.

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Started: 1/28/2015 Category: Cars
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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athenseric

Pro

Just like the autobahn there should be portions of interstate where there is no enforced speed limit. Additionally like the autobahn there should still be section with an enforced limit such as exits and any areas that frequently have issues. By creating limit free zones you would allow people with a need for speed to get it out of their system and return to normal driving afterwards, this is especially true for anyone with a performance vehicle. I'm sure that i'm not the only one who likes to see what a vehicle can do every now and again.
Shadowblade40

Con

Athenseric, think about this there is a 60 year old grandma driving a civic down one of the parts of the interstate with no speed limit, then this 25 year old guy in a Hennessey venom gt comes barreling down the road at 250 miles an hour, and that guy is right behind her on the same lane, while he is racing with his friends, what do you think is going to happen, boom crash slam right? That is way this nation has speed limits, to protect the people from getting hurt. Speed is the cause of most accidents that tend to be fatal, I quote from http://www.smartmotorist.com... "Speed was a factor in 30 percent (12,477) of all traffic fatalities in 1998, second only to alcohol (39 percent) as a cause of fatal crashes." And that was when there were less cars, the world is making cars at a rate of 59,929,016 per year, and that number is constantly growing. So imagine, with more cars, the more the chance of an accident.
In 1995 in Congress they raised the speed limit to 85 miles an hour on several highways, then the American journal of public health analyzed the effects of the 1995 act, it resulted in a 3.2 percent increase in road fatalities(accidents). Imagine that, by just raising the speed limit hundreds of more people died, so picture what would happen if we gave the people free run on some interstates. Millions of more deaths would happen.
Debate Round No. 1
athenseric

Pro

You make some valid points which is why I supported the use of speed limits in problem areas such as construction zones and high congestion areas.The annual fatality rate on the Autobahn is 2.7 per billion kilometers traveled. The United States has a 4.5 fatality rate for the the distance.

Furthermore this could bring about new changes in in how people drive, and drivers education, as well as how maintained highways are. The accident rate on the Autobahn is consistently lower than many other highway systems, partly because of its better construction, it has a 40 year rating. The US highways have a 20 year rating. Also new laws would come about such as mandatory vehicle inspection every two years. Responsible change is a good thing.
Shadowblade40

Con

Athenseric, I understand that responsible change is a good thing, but there is always point where we need to put a limit. An Autobahn might change the quality of highways (make them better), make the drivers ed. test more inept and harder, but in a highway such as autobahn there is a much higher chance of an accident because of the non-enforced speed limits.
Maybe autobahn has a lower rate of accidents do to its better construction, but maybe instead of giving the people a free wheel, maybe we should just up the mandatory quality of the highways around the world.
Also in your earlier round you stated that some people have the need for speed, and I respect that. But the reason we invented racetracks was so that those people could race
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by athenseric 2 years ago
athenseric
Germany is safer than the US to drive in statistically. The autobahn which has sections of no speed limit is statistically safer than highways in the US period.
Posted by P1 2 years ago
P1
That's why the Autobahn has strict rules about lane placement, fast cars left, slower cars right. The right lane might be used by a car also being overtaken.
Posted by dreamer25 2 years ago
dreamer25
This could be very dangerous for the elderly and for the other drivers. What if one doesn't want to drive as fast? What would happen to them? But I mean it up to the people if they drive through there or not.
Posted by P1 2 years ago
P1
That's when driver education comes in. A response to the debate, the only reason speed limits are so low, was because of the 70's oil crisis
Posted by Dragonblade 2 years ago
Dragonblade
Although the autobahn is safe, that's most likely because Germany has many more educated and responsible people than we do driving cars, which is probably the reason why the German government allows it. I'm pretty sure that the majority of the drivers in Germany are better drivers, they know the law better, and they are more responsible/trustworthy behind the wheel.
Posted by bmoore7402 2 years ago
bmoore7402
although the fact that there might me more car crashes, the autobahn is the safest race tracks in the world. just make separate parts of the road for people that want to drive fast, and people that don't. It doesn't have to be the entire highway or interstate, it can just be mile sections, or something along those lines. The fact that people have fast cars for a reason. is to go fast. if the government didn't want us to go fast, they wouldn't make it so where a car has a speedometer that does over 100 mph or 220 kph. or whatever the conversion is. i actually don't really understand the whole kph vs mph thing. i mean what if someone from the u.s. goes to a different country and sees a speed limit of 80 kph on the road, and they think its mph and wonder why the hell people are going so slow or why the police officer is stopping them because they are going the wrong speed limit. having a place on every highway that would let you go as fast as you want without paying to go to a limited track is kind of pointless.
Posted by P1 2 years ago
P1
Yes, many will reference violent and gory games like GTA, but the idea wouldn't be overall bad. Germany's Autobahn is the best example of this being successful. Germany, if you are unaware, is one of the safest countries in terms of driving safety. The problem is, people here in the U.S. pass right, instead of passing left properly. The is due that the so said "fast lane" is clogged by soccer moms. If we fix this problem, there would be no need to spend thousands on tires and fuel for a track day. You can decide to go as fat as you want, but slower cars must make way for the faster cars. It could also stop the problem of speeding here in the U.S. by allowing people to unleash the speed demon, but safely. Overall it would begin to make sense to buy a Supercar or a Hypercar here. People would choose to own these cars here, supporting our economy, and since they would stay, they would pay taxes giving money to our government.
Posted by Dragonblade 2 years ago
Dragonblade
Have you been playing too much GTA athenseric?
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