Danish Speed Limits in the news
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- Subject: Danish Speed Limits in the news
- From: Patrick Salsbury <salsbury at sculptors dot com>
- Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2003 16:53:02 -0700
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Howdy! Long time, no post!
Found this one in the Danish news:
Majority support planned speed limit hike
1. august 2003
The government is set to raise the speed limit on many motorways and 'A' roads
The Liberals, Conservatives and the Danish People's Party (DPP) reached broad
agreement on a proposal to raise the speed limit on a limited number of roads.
Last Thursday, the DPP reached an agreement with the rest of the ruling
coalition to support a controversial move which would raise the top legal
speed limit to 100 kilometres per hour on selected motorways and 'A' roads.
At the same time, members of PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Liberal party and
his Conservative allies were also examining a proposal to reduce the speed
limit at a number of accident black spots, as well as to increase the
penalties for speeding. The proposal will see local authorities actively
involved in setting speed limits in their own areas of jurisdiction.
According to the government, the proposal was designed to provide a more
flexible approach to traffic movement on the nation's highways.
'We are looking forward to seeing a proposal from the government regarding
where, and by how much, the speed limit shall be raised,' DPP transport
spokesperson Peter Skaarup told Ekstra Bladet last week, adding, 'Our attitude
(to the proposal) is basically positive.'
But the change will not be implemented without cost to the government.
Before the rules can be brought into force, the government was expected
to ask for substantial extra finances to be set aside for traffic safety.
The proposals are now being examined by the government-sponsored Commission
for Road Safety.
This one seems like a good model to keep in mind for an autopilot
system. The roads themselves should be able to broadcast what the local speed
limit is, and "accident black spots" should be auto-tallied and reported, so
that speed limits, etc., can be auto-adjusted. (The same holds true for
real-time data such as accidents, traffic, construction work, highway
obstructions, etc. All of these things should be reporting into a live mapping
system of the roadways, so vehicles can know where trouble is, and plot
alternative routes around it, similar to how the Internet routers do today.
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