A California Lawmaker Proposes Lanes with no Speed Limit on Two of the State’s Busiest Highways

“Put the pedal to the metal” or the American version of Germany’s autobahn.

A California lawmaker has proposed a bill to construct speed limit-free lanes on I- 5 and Highway 99 in the state as a way to reduce pollution.

Senator John Moorlach of Orange County, south of Los Angeles, has introduced Senate Bill 319, which would add two lanes each to the north- and south-bound lanes of Interstate 5 and Highway 99. Those lanes would have no upper speed limit.

According to the bill submitted on Friday by State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, traffic congestion increases the emissions of greenhouse gases as the automobiles idle longer while on roadways.

If introduced, the law would instruct the state to build two additional traffic lanes on northbound and southbound Interstate Route 5 where there shall not be a maximum speed limit.

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state is abandoning its ambitious plan to construct high-speed rail from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and will instead build an initial segment in the Central Valley.

Moorlach suggests that people with vehicles are provided the opportunity just to drive at 100 miles an hour and get to San Francisco in a shorter period of time than the train. Currently, the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes almost 6 hours, depending on traffic.

Germany’s Autobahn is the most well-known example of highway stretches with no speed limits. There have been a few proposals to limit the speeds to the highways in order to cut pollution, but they have been met with fierce opposition from many citizens.

According to sacbee.com.

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