By Macy Jenkins


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Holiday weekends in California bring traffic backups everywhere you turn. But Senator John Moorlach (R-Orange County) has a new bill on the table that could alleviate the problem.

“So why don’t we provide people with vehicles the opportunity just to drive at 100 miles an hour, get to San Francisco in a shorter period of time than the train would?” Moorlach said.

SB319 would require the Department of Transportation to build two additional traffic lanes on both sides of I-5 and Highway 99. The expansion would stretch from Bakersfield to Stockton. And no 65-mile-per-hour limit would apply.

“Uh, I don’t know, I haven’t considered how crazy a lane with no speed limit would be!” said Stephen McBride, who lives in Sacramento.

Moorlach said his plan is more realistic than a high-speed rail still years away from being built. And it’s better for the environment.

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“If you look at what’s happening in Germany, the freeway accidents on the Autobahn are a lot less than what’s happening on our road!” he told CBS13. “You’re burning the fuel efficiently, as opposed to just sitting in slow traffic waiting for one truck to pass another truck for 20 minutes.”

“How much is that going to cost to do?” McBride wondered.

Moorlach doesn’t have a price tag just yet.

ALSOCalifornia May Do Away With Speed Limits For Certain Lanes Of I-5 And Hwy. 99

“We’ve already paid for the right of way, we don’t have to buy that,” he said. “So now it’s just how much per mile is the concrete going to cost?”

For now, it seems Moorlach needs to get drivers reeved up about the idea.

“That seems like it’s a little too sweet to be real!” said Konnor Leitzell. “Yeah no, too much for Californians to be able to handle.”

Moorlach said there are still several details to work out, including issues like whether to institute a minimum speed limit. You can share your opinion on the matter and take a look at the bill on our CBS13 Facebook page.

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Comments (5)
  1. Eileen Kephart says:

    This better not get even close to happening. Germany’s Autobahn is NOT a CA highway. And having no speed limit for Death Alley, aka Highway 99, is an unconscionably bad idea. And saying the “No speed limit” law would be better for the environment than high speed rail (huh?!) shows this Republican has adopted Trump’s way of twisting lies into accepted truths. Moorlach is obviously mentally imbalanced and needs to be removed from office.

  2. Brian Kin says:

    We have WAY too many DUMB, IMMATURE people in CA to have NO speed limit. But we have needed the extra lanes on Hwy 5 and 99 for YEARS AND YEARS. Use that bullet train money and build those extra lanes!! Keep trucks, campers and old people going 65 OUT OF THEM!

  3. Tim Calypso says:

    another moronic lefty idea spawned while drinking in germany on a tax payer funded vacation

  4. Andrew Martin says:

    Is there any evidence that speed limits contribute to (high|free)way traffic? I doubt it. You could make the limit 180 mph, but if it’s rush hour, you’re going 10 mph in any lane. Building new lanes will not alleviate traffic– every urban planner knows that. People will just fill up those new lanes and the commute will be as bad as it ever was. (This is partly because people who take pub transit, etc. will see these new lanes and decide ‘Oh, we can drive now’ and BOOM you’re back where you started).

  5. Kevin Anderstove says:

    Raise the speed limit; it is too low!!!

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