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Old 10-05-2012, 07:45 AM
The Swede The Swede is offline
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Great trip report. The urge to load up my car and take a trip down to Germany just got larger.

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Originally Posted by pawarrant View Post
Except for Italy, the roads were incredible. The roads are in excellent shape compared to the roads in the US. There are very few if any stop signs in most places. Traffic is designed to flow. They use traffic circles and yield signs rather than stop signs and red lights. We never saw any police on the highways in any country. It seems speed is controlled by cameras rather than traffic cops. There are speed cameras every few miles on the highways. The speeds are generally posted higher than we are used to driving in the US. 130 KPH (80 MPH) Germany (where it is limited), Austria, Italy, and Czech Republic. They do have frequent speed reduction zones for tunnels and urban interchange areas. The speed limit sign is only posted once, so you have to pay attention because there are usually speed cameras after the change in speed is posted. In Italy, the roads are not in as good of shape and are very narrow.
The reason why you never saw any police on the highway is because the police tend to use unmarked vehicle for highway patrol in the "germanic part" of Europe. I can asure you that they are out there somewhere... Probably you just didn't drive bad/reckless enough to get stopped

Last edited by The Swede; 10-05-2012 at 07:49 AM.
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