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In a move to ensure motorists are responsible on the roads, the Northern Territory government in Australia will be expanding its open speed limit zones, this effectively means that it is doing away with speed limits, CarAdvice reports. Is this reverse psychology or what?

An open speed limit trial began in February 2014 with much success, there were fewer accidents in sections where the trials took place and the 130 km/h zones. Now, another 60 km stretch of the Stuart Highway, north of Alice Springs to the Ali Curung rail overpass will have its speed limit lifted.

Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles said “the expansion of open speed limit zones is part of the Country Liberals’ commitment to give back responsibility to the individual.” He added that based on traffic data, 85% of drivers were travelling within the 133 km/h to 139 km/h range during the trial, just slightly over the 130 km/h speed limit.

The new 60 km stretch is in between the other two zones which also has an open speed limit – the 200 km stretch between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek and the 72 km highway of Barrow Creek, south of the Ali Curung overpass. The local government believes that with the open speed limit zones, the onus will lie with motorists themselves to judge their own limitations when travelling at high-speeds.

Since it took off in early 2014 last year, only 11 accidents have been recorded so far, none of which were fatal. It was reported that out of the 11, only one severe injury was registered, however an exception can be made as the driver was driving under the influence and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.