Traffic congestions are a big thing in California, and it won't get any better if no action is taken. This week, California State Senator John Moorlach has suggested the construction of extra lanes on the existing Interstate 5 and State Route 99 motorways.
This all sound pretty standard practice, but it really isn't because Moorlach also added that the additional lanes will have no posted speed limits! Not only will this make room for more cars on the motorway, but also decrease the idling time hence decreasing greenhouse emissions.
In theory this sounds pretty great. You won't have to stay stuck in traffic for ages and you won't have worry a lot about getting a speeding ticket. Another reason why the derestricted motorways may be implemented is the astonishingly low numbers of accidents on one of the fastest motorways on the world, the Autobahn.
Well, the discipline of the drivers and the very strict laws in Germany can be given the credit to why we don't see stupendous numbers of wrecked cars on the Autobahn, but how will Americans handle the derestricted stretches of tarmac?
Well, fortunately we don't have to worry because the matter is simple. Even if authorities agreed on derestricting certain areas of a motorway, you still won't take your new Corvette for a top speed run. In contrary to the Autobahn, the laws in California prohibit driving at any speed higher than 100 mph. California Vehicle Code 22348 states that driving over 100 mph can lead to punishments like fines or even bans from driving again. It's a shame but 100 mph still isn't bad considering that the fastest you can legally drive in the US is on a road in Texas with a 85 mph speed limit.