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Georgia to Pass Awesome Slowpoke Bill
Last Resistance ^ | February 28, 2014 | Michael Minkoff

Posted on 02/28/2014 6:12:43 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One of my biggest pet peeves on the road is the left-lane highway cruiser. If you’re a compulsive reader of my articles (Why would you do that to yourself?), you may remember that I have written on this very issue before.

I don’t care how fast you are going. The leftmost lane on the highway is for passing. That is basic road etiquette, but, not surprisingly, few people here in Georgia follow it. And it is frustrating.

Well the Georgia State legislature is here to save the day. They are currently enacting a bill (dubbed the Slowpoke Bill) that would make lollygagging in the left lane a misdemeanor. That’s right. All those people with their left blinker still on … going 62 in a 65 … in the left lane … pacing the car on their right … with ten cars piled up behind them … Johnny Law is coming for you.

The reaction to the bill is hilarious. Some lady (armygirl1974), who probably has no idea how bad she is at driving, responded, “What if the speed limit is 65 and I am going 65, am I supposed to move over and let someone going 90 pass[?] Give me a ticket, I dare you.” Are you supposed to move over? Yeah. That’s exactly what you’re supposed to do. I mean, seriously? Is that a real question? Who made you the hall monitor of safe driving speeds? I’m looking forward to seeing you on the side of the road getting ticketed for just that.

The rules are there to allow everyone the maximum opportunity to drive the way he wants. The speed limit is an arbitrary suggestion, and that’s a fact. Depending on the police officer and the stretch of road you’re on, you can go as much as 15 over the speed limit (and maybe more in some cases) without having to worry at all about a police officer pulling you over. So the more likely scenario for the Slowpoke Bill is a person going the speed limit and someone else who wants to go even ten miles an hour faster pulling up behind them. Neither driver would be ticketed for speeding, but under the Slowpoke Bill, the person in front would be ticketed for blocking up traffic.

This is not just a hypothetical example. Here in Georgia, we have a loop around the city called 285. The posted speed limit on 285 is 55 miles per hour. No one, and I mean no one, goes 55 on 285. The average speed is a little under 70. If you went 55, you would be a danger to society. If armygirl1974 decided to go 55 in the left lane to keep everyone legal, she wouldn’t be doing a public service. She would be (and probably is) a public nuisance at best. The Slowpoke Bill would see her ticketed for those shenanigans.

So … Well done, Georgia legislature! This may be one of the only times I ever congratulate you. So savor it.


TOPICS: Government; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: georgia; imlateforworkbill; passinglane; slowdrivers; slowpokes
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1 posted on 02/28/2014 6:12:43 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


2 posted on 02/28/2014 6:13:10 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s as good as dead in the water when we find out gays and blacks are the most common slow pokers?


3 posted on 02/28/2014 6:15:31 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’d rather less laws and PRIVATE roads

that might actually work where you would’t have all this traffic and can pay for how fast you want to get somewhere and not 40,000 deaths on U.S. gov roads per year


4 posted on 02/28/2014 6:20:34 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

#1 big slowpoke is Korean lady. Everybody know that.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 6:22:19 PM PST by QBFimi (/...o.o/.o...ooo/...o.o...o/ooo/...o.o/.o/ooo.//o..o./.o.)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
ROTFLMAO!



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6 posted on 02/28/2014 6:22:23 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 <center> <tab - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

What about moslems?

I doubt they can hit 55 on their camels.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 6:22:42 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I doubt the law will or can be enforced against anybody driving the speed limit in the left lane. Except in the cases of the most blatant left lane slowpokes, those driving well below the limit, there is too much subjectivity involved.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 6:29:24 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

The Germans manage to keep people from blocking the left lane.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 6:40:14 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I always try my best to move over for those going faster than me, then I get behind them. It only makes sense.

Alternatively I hate those who are blocking lanes by going slower than everyone else.

I hate these Maryland pu...y bumpers:


10 posted on 02/28/2014 6:40:54 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
I doubt the law will or can be enforced against anybody driving the speed limit in the left lane.

You, obviously, have never driven I-285!

11 posted on 02/28/2014 6:43:09 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: ansel12

The Germans don’t have speed limits. As long as we have speed limits and congested urban highways, this “slowpoke” law will have marginal effect.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 6:43:54 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The real one they post:


13 posted on 02/28/2014 6:46:30 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Conversely, can we get the a$$hole who rides your rear bumper and tries to run you off the road while breaking the speed limit a new law?


14 posted on 02/28/2014 6:50:23 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It is simply a matter of curtesy.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 6:54:34 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Virginia passed a similar law - though not a misdemeanor - several years ago and it has had no effect.

Probably because the cops don’t enforce it.

Good luck in GA. If the cops don’t enforce it, and people like the woman you note don’t hear about it, nothing will change.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 6:54:45 PM PST by Arlis
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

While I think this is an idiot law ... boy there’s a part of me that loves it. Of course, at my age, maybe I’m the slow one. lol


17 posted on 02/28/2014 7:00:42 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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18 posted on 02/28/2014 7:00:53 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I don’t see the difficulty of the law making it illegal to block traffic in the fast lane, there are laws like reckless driving, obstructing traffic, weaving, driving a speed appropriate to conditions (not signs) and other laws that don’t have to be measured by a number.

I don’t think driving those nuts out of the fast lane is beyond the capabilities of modern man.


19 posted on 02/28/2014 7:09:59 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: jsanders2001

That is already against the law, but I hope you do what you can to let them by.


20 posted on 02/28/2014 7:13:03 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Arlis

There are a number of highways where it is posted that the left lane is for passing only and it is strictly enforced in KY. It works. Everyone drives in the right lane only except to pass and traffic flows just fine.

On the highways where no such restrictions exist, traffic sucks.


21 posted on 02/28/2014 7:13:57 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: Democrat_media

It isn’t about the speed limit, it is about traffic flow, sometimes it is the 55 mph driver blocking the passing lane, sometimes 65, sometimes 75, all on the same stretch of freeway, it’s just that on different days, traffic flows at different rates.


22 posted on 02/28/2014 7:15:59 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12

If there’s a speed limit, the “slowpoke” will have an ironclad defense as long as he’s going the legal speed limit. You can’t make laws that contradict each other.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 7:18:17 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“… going 62 in a 65 …”

Understand: the normal cruising speed on a 65 stretch in GA is 80MPH.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 7:24:26 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

What, you expect sense?

Naw. We gotta make the guy who’s overcompensating the most for a small je ne sais quoi, the hall monitor now. If he wants to go 90, get out of his way. Bullies rule!


25 posted on 02/28/2014 7:24:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ansel12

I don’t get in the passing lane very often. I stay out of their way but I do get tired of seeing cars run up behind them like they’re going to smack their rear end flashing their lights because they’re impatienti. I call it pushing because it’s exactly what the’y’re doing. They get so close to their bumpers that if the driver ahead of them hit their brakes there would be a massive pile-up. It ‘s very revealing about their personalities.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 7:25:13 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Got it, your vote is that it is impossible to anything about it, is that your desired result?


27 posted on 02/28/2014 7:25:36 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: jsanders2001

I think it is revealing a weird personality to get into the passing lane, and not pay attention to cars coming up on you and moving at a faster rate.

Actually, that indicates someone who might need to be retested since they are losing track of conditions around them.


28 posted on 02/28/2014 7:31:57 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Around here, illegals are the slowest. Afraid of interaction with officials, so they go slow.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 7:32:37 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Government stepping in fix your pet peeves is the same as them stepping in to fix your being offended.

Stupid, and it gives them more power to control and fine.

30 posted on 02/28/2014 7:35:10 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: ansel12
The best thing to do about it is get up early enough where you don't have break the law and also rely on your fellow citizens breaking the law to get to work on time.

I'll admit in my younger days I'd sometimes be late and speed when I could. But even then, I never resented the law abiding slowpokes for what was my fault, not theirs.

31 posted on 02/28/2014 7:37:26 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Stupid article. Stupid law. Stupid politicians. The highway is not a race course. I just love turning on my tail lights when some a$$hole is climbing up my tailpipe.
32 posted on 02/28/2014 7:38:39 PM PST by 1FreeAmerican
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We don’t need any more laws.

This proposal is absolutely assinine.


33 posted on 02/28/2014 7:46:27 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

LOL, so you are one of the anal types that assert your control over order, by blocking the passing lane.

Why didn’t you just say so, instead of pretending that laws cannot be written to outlaw your incredibly dangerous behavior?


34 posted on 02/28/2014 7:46:41 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: jsanders2001
can we get the a$$hole who rides your rear bumper and tries to run you off the road while breaking the speed limit a new law?

that is against the law... and i have seen some a$$hole pulled over for it... when i see someone coming up on me, i move on over... let them pass...

35 posted on 02/28/2014 7:49:44 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I doubt seriously that police have the time to enforce this sort of thing or that they will.

We have a hands free law here and I watch people texting, talking and sometimes even reading email as they drive down the road, I have yet to see anyone getting a ticket for it.


36 posted on 02/28/2014 7:51:20 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Lizavetta

Blocking the passing lane is one of the most dangerous activites on the freeway, it breaks the flow of traffic and causes hundreds of high speed lane changes.

While the weirdo is squatting in the fast lane, eyes straight ahead so that he can pretend not to see the havoc he is causing, the rest of the thousands of people on the freeway are all having to adjust to his psychologically caused, deliberate driving incompetence, it is a serious problem, not a pet peeve.


37 posted on 02/28/2014 7:51:51 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12
I always drive in the right lane unless passing.

While people driving well below the speed limit can cause problems on freeways, by far the biggest dangers are caused by the habitually late or habitually impatient.

38 posted on 02/28/2014 7:52:23 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Georgia is the absolute worst state when it comes to the passing lane.
39 posted on 02/28/2014 7:54:20 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
The best thing to do about it is get up early enough where you don't have break the law and also rely on your fellow citizens breaking the law to get to work on time.

it isn't always about running late... sometimes i'm just going to the mall... :)

p.s. i like your name...

40 posted on 02/28/2014 7:58:26 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

This is two different posts of yours, and I think it says what most of us know about the fast lane blockers.

“”The best thing to do about it is get up early enough where you don’t have break the law and also rely on your fellow citizens breaking the law to get to work on time.
I’ll admit in my younger days I’d sometimes be late and speed when I could.””

“”While people driving well below the speed limit can cause problems on freeways, by far the biggest dangers are caused by the habitually late or habitually impatient.””


41 posted on 02/28/2014 7:58:41 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: QBFimi; IllumiNaughtyByNature

the slowest drivers are in Hawaii... this is a general statement, but nobody there is in a hurry to get anywhere... ever...


42 posted on 02/28/2014 8:00:39 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: 1FreeAmerican
The highway is not a race course. I just love turning on my tail lights when some a$$hole is climbing up my tailpipe.

I bet you do, I think in almost every passing lane blocker we see an angry, passive aggressive personality who in his mind, gains the power he wishes for, when he gets in his car, and moves into that passing lan, and squats in it, as the rest of the world tries to get around him and not get killed as they pursue their own lives.

43 posted on 02/28/2014 8:04:13 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: latina4dubya

Thanks, I remember I had a hard time thinking of a name.


44 posted on 02/28/2014 8:09:11 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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45 posted on 02/28/2014 8:11:34 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12

I don’t see any big psychological thing about it. The older I got, the more responsible I got, the less need I had to drive fast and depend on people clearing out of my way to get places at the speed I would have liked.


46 posted on 02/28/2014 8:17:11 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

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47 posted on 02/28/2014 8:17:48 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: ansel12

Blocking the passing lane is one of the most dangerous activites on the freeway, it breaks the flow of traffic and causes hundreds of high speed lane changes.


Speed Limit

Which term escapes your comprehension ?


48 posted on 02/28/2014 8:20:02 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

While I can’t stand slowpokes in the left lane, I have a problem with the penalty being a misdemeanor. It should be a civil infraction.


49 posted on 02/28/2014 8:22:26 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: S.O.S121.500

Traffic flow, you aren’t the law, just move over, no matter how much your need to play boss of the world.

Here is what the cops have to say on a thread where they have been discussing the lane blockers.

“”Recently, I was traveling south at about 75 mph when I came upon a guy in the far left lane doing about 70. Speed limit is 70. There’s 3 lanes. I stayed on the guy’s a-ss for about 2 miles. I flashed him twice, nothing. I didn’t want to haul balls, but he was starting to get all kinds of cars backing up. He had 2 lanes available to his right. Normally, I’ll keep it at 78-80 to keep the flow going. This guy wouldn’t move. Finally, I turned my lights on, he began to pull over to the left, I motioned -—> and he got the hint, started moving over, got into the ‘slow’ lane, I turned my lights off, got into the middle lane and continued about my business. I think the guy was perplexed as WTF just happened. So, from there on out, I continued the 22 miles south until I hit the county line, and you think anyone even dared to get into the left lane? It was awesome. I can’t imagine what everyone behind me were thinking.””


50 posted on 02/28/2014 8:34:54 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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