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West Germany decided not to impose speed limits on the autobahns, infuriating environmentalists and delighting drivers of fast cars. The decision, announced after a meeting of Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s Cabinet, followed publication of a report concluding that a 100 kilometer-an-hour speed limit (62.5 m.p.h.) would do little to reduce the air pollution blamed for killing West German forests. The report also found that seven of 1O drivers would probably ignore the limit if there was one.


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