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Left-lane slowpokes drive you crazy? (Some states are cracking down.)
MSN Money ^ | 12/10/2008 | Christopher Solomon

Posted on 12/10/2008 8:53:48 AM PST by Smogger

In these days of longer commutes and simmering tempers, nothing seems to set off already-testy motorists like the left-lane camper -- the guy or gal who drives in the passing lane and bars faster drivers from easily passing. Web sites have cropped up to educate other drivers, or to vent. There's a (somewhat painful) YouTube song called "Keep Right."

Even bigwigs get frustrated. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, weary of having his limo slowed down by such left-lane pokies, ordered an aide to have the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission install signs a few years ago reading "Keep Right, Pass Left. It's the Law."

And now some states are cracking down on left-lane campers, both to keep traffic moving and to tamp down the road rage that goes from zero-to-60 faster than ever before.

That's not just a pretext. Last year, a driver was arrested on Interstate 79 outside Pittsburgh after allegedly brandishing a semiautomatic pistol at a driver who was on his tail.

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What do I think of people that loiter in the fast lane? There wouldn't be no freeway shootings if you @$#%$^ would get out of the $#%$W% way!
1 posted on 12/10/2008 8:53:49 AM PST by Smogger
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To: Smogger

People passing on the left are invariably going higher than allowed limits. Either ticket speeders consistently, or raise the limit.


2 posted on 12/10/2008 8:56:11 AM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: Smogger

but, but, but.....they’re using less gasoline!


3 posted on 12/10/2008 8:56:12 AM PST by Loud Mime (Ann Coulter: Jaw wired shut / Liberals: Brain wired shut)
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To: Smogger
"Last year, a driver was arrested on Interstate 79 outside Pittsburgh after allegedly brandishing a semiautomatic pistol at a driver who was on his tail."

So, in this case, it was the driver who was holding up others who flew into a rage because he was slowing others down and someone got mad at him?? Seems to me to contradict the premise of the article.

4 posted on 12/10/2008 8:57:48 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.)
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To: Smogger

I’m very calm about left-lane bandits.

I just drive in their blind spot ‘til they have to exit.

Many of them miss the exit.


5 posted on 12/10/2008 8:58:18 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Smogger

I have a problem with two-lane highways when the right lane has a 60 mph poker and the left lane is understood to be for those traveling 80 mph or faster. It’s tricky for guys like me who want to do 70 mph.


6 posted on 12/10/2008 8:58:29 AM PST by Genoa
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To: Smogger

***Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, weary of having his limo slowed down by such left-lane pokies***

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drives herself to work.

Who’s better?


7 posted on 12/10/2008 8:58:36 AM PST by wastedyears ("Life's tough... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: Loud Mime

not, not really....! as gas engines work less efficiently at higher speeds....


8 posted on 12/10/2008 8:58:39 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Smogger

Personally, my button gets pushed by the cell phone users who prioritize the following 65 mph conversational drivel over such nuisances as actually using their turn signal indicators:

“Hey what are you doin? Me? Nothin’ I’m just bored, drivin’ to work. So what’s going on?....what are you doing?.....”


9 posted on 12/10/2008 8:59:00 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: ConservativeMind
Exactly. I have never thought this whole argument made sense. They want to start ticketing people who follow the law??
10 posted on 12/10/2008 8:59:11 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.)
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To: Smogger

It is incredibly annoying when somebody is going 50 in the left lane, particularly when it is just one or two cars clogging everybody else.

Texas drivers are terrible, much worse than Kansas.

In Kansas, people move left normally when they see you behind them.

Not in Texas......very discourteous people here.


11 posted on 12/10/2008 8:59:29 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Smogger

I was driving in Italy recently on their Autostradas and I simply could not go 80 mph on those roads because they are narrower and more curvy that our interstates.

Well, you do not drive in the left lane, even if you are going 80 [130 kph]. Cars will come up going 100 mph and faster and you do not want to be there when they do. I relearned the importance of staying in the right lane unless I am passing.

Also, in Italy the car in the left lane puts his left turn signal on and leaves it on until he is back in the right lane. I thought that was a pretty good idea because it make you more apparent to the cars you are coming up on from behind.


12 posted on 12/10/2008 8:59:54 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

The thing that puzzles me is when I see someone in the left lane tailgating the vehicle ahead of him, and that vehicle is about 6 back from being the lead vehicle. Duh . . . what’s the point, aside from displaying aggression?


13 posted on 12/10/2008 9:00:20 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Smogger

Agreed. ...and the tailgaters, and those who swing into the far lane while turning through an intersection,...


14 posted on 12/10/2008 9:00:46 AM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: ConservativeMind

No, I don’t speed, but I pass many who are going 55 in a 70 etc.

It is wrong to assume a person is speeding just because they pass somebody.


15 posted on 12/10/2008 9:00:50 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: ConservativeMind

Regardless, (and your statement is not necessarily true.) unless you are passing, you should not be in the left lane.


16 posted on 12/10/2008 9:00:52 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Smogger

There is a special place in hell reserved for people who drive slow in the passing lane.


17 posted on 12/10/2008 9:00:55 AM PST by Texas Federalist (Fred for RNC Chairman!)
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To: Smogger

This has been hashed and rehashed. Court after court has affirmed that anyone going the maximum allowable speed by law has the right to the left lane as legally it cannot be slower traffic. So when you see the sign that says slower traffic, be aware that is a conditional statement based on the speed limit, not s relative comparison between a speeder and a non-speeder.


18 posted on 12/10/2008 9:01:01 AM PST by Melas
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To: Smogger

Usually somebody is speeding. slow it down.


19 posted on 12/10/2008 9:01:19 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: ConservativeMind

People that pass me on the right make me the maddest!


20 posted on 12/10/2008 9:01:23 AM PST by djf (...heard about a couple livin in the USA, he said they traded in their baby for a Chevrolet...)
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To: rwfromkansas

Was STUNNED when vacationing in Vermont. Virtually EVERY SINGLE DRIVER IN THE ENTIRE STATE vacated the left lane instantly when not passing. It was WONDERFUL!


21 posted on 12/10/2008 9:01:41 AM PST by Monsieur Poirot
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To: Smogger

There was the Bond flick in Japan in which a helicopter picked up the car and dropped it in the sea. It is my dream job to remove these idiots from the road.


22 posted on 12/10/2008 9:02:00 AM PST by nufsed
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To: Smogger

HEAR! HEAR!


23 posted on 12/10/2008 9:02:02 AM PST by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. =8^O)
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To: ConservativeMind

Not always true. I’ve gotten behind people in the passing lane who were doing way under the limit and you just wish you had one of those cow catchers from an old train engine so you could ram them into the proper lane and out of your way. When people start passing on the right you know you’ve got the grand marshall in the Rose parade in the wrong lane. And you wonder why the cops are so quick to catch speeders, yet these people chug along and block traffic. /rant


24 posted on 12/10/2008 9:02:09 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: Smogger

Your cell phone number should be the same as your license plate.


25 posted on 12/10/2008 9:02:09 AM PST by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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To: Smogger
I think these guys that loiter in the left are road hazards.

I would think they would get the message when everyone is passing them on the right and giving them various hand gestures accompanied by a mouths spewing a variety of expletives.....sigh.....they don't

26 posted on 12/10/2008 9:02:29 AM PST by Kimmers (Always go straight forward. If you meet the devil, cut him in half and go between the pieces.)
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To: rwfromkansas

It’s largely because we have so many left lane exits.


27 posted on 12/10/2008 9:02:43 AM PST by Melas
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To: ConservativeMind

You do raise the other side of the issue about the left lane. I hate people who are doing the limit in the left lane because it is a passing lane. At the same time if you are doing more than the speed limit (5-10 over) you still get people riding your ass that are not using the left lane for passing either, they just want to stay in the left lane and speed even faster. Bottom line is they are not using the left lane the way it’s supposed to be - just for passing. They stay in there and think because they’re in the left lane they can speed 15-20 miles over and not somehow get or deserve a ticket.

The only time I wind up in the left lane now is when I have to take a turn or an exit on the left side.


28 posted on 12/10/2008 9:03:09 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Smogger

If I am already doing 70, dont expect me to pull over when the speed limit is 65


29 posted on 12/10/2008 9:03:23 AM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: Smogger

Bump to get in on this later...


30 posted on 12/10/2008 9:03:56 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: rwfromkansas

I agree with you about TX drivers.....I moved here a year ago....Does anyone know what the signal light is for?


31 posted on 12/10/2008 9:04:18 AM PST by Kimmers (Always go straight forward. If you meet the devil, cut him in half and go between the pieces.)
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To: ConservativeMind

So what? Get out of the way. Impeding the flow of traffic is not only against the law (at least in my state), but its also very dangerous.

As for those that say “hey, I am going to go whatever speed I want in the fast lane because the other guy is speeding.” It’s not your job to enforce traffic laws. Get out of the way!


32 posted on 12/10/2008 9:04:37 AM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: Smogger

Do note that Connecticut is loaded with left lane exits. Sometimes people in Wallingford or Hartford HAVE to slow down and be in the left hand lane.


33 posted on 12/10/2008 9:04:43 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

The law is.....slower traffic keep right.

It is the law.

Granny going 55 in a 75 in the left lane really gets old quickly.

Ticket her.


34 posted on 12/10/2008 9:05:27 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Ever driven on a German autobahn? mmmmm...


35 posted on 12/10/2008 9:05:40 AM PST by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delenda est)
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To: Secret Agent Man
not, not really....! as gas engines work less efficiently at higher speeds....

Not necessarily. It depends on the gearing of the vehicle. Many vehicles are more efficient at 70 than 55, in spite of the increase in drag from air resistance.

36 posted on 12/10/2008 9:05:51 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Smogger

[cue “Bad Habit” by the Offspring]


37 posted on 12/10/2008 9:05:53 AM PST by RichInOC (Obama/Biden '08: "We Are Not Ruled By Murderers, But Only--By Their Friends."--Rudyard Kipling)
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To: familyop

“...those who swing into the far lane while turning through an intersection,...”

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The vast majority of drivers do not know how to properly execute a left-hand turn (or right-hand, for that matter), onto a two lane (or greater), road.


38 posted on 12/10/2008 9:06:03 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: rwfromkansas

The worst left lane bandits drive in CA. The higher traffic density here doesn’t help matters either.


39 posted on 12/10/2008 9:06:10 AM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: Smogger

Most of them are on their cell phones.

Down here in Texas we are considered a polite group especially when we stop on a public street to allow everyone and their dog to enter onto the public street without a care as to how traffic behind us is being stalled.

I don’t think people realize, at least, here in Texas it is against the law to do this. The reason is it is a public right of way.


40 posted on 12/10/2008 9:06:29 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Smogger
That's not just a pretext. Last year, a driver was arrested on Interstate 79 outside Pittsburgh after allegedly brandishing a semiautomatic pistol at a driver who was on his tail.

Geeze. Who hasn't done that?

41 posted on 12/10/2008 9:06:32 AM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama? There will be a pop quiz every day for the next four years...miss a question, people die.)
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To: Smogger

Wrong. You can’t legally be impeding traffic if you’re going the maximum allowable speed.


42 posted on 12/10/2008 9:06:32 AM PST by Melas
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To: nufsed
Then we have people in the car pool lane going slower than the regular fast laNE. What's the purpose if your slowing down?

HERE'S THE RULE MOVE RIGHT UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR SPEED.

43 posted on 12/10/2008 9:07:06 AM PST by nufsed
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To: Smogger
Texas........needs "Slower Traffic Keep To the Right, signs in English and Spanish!!!
44 posted on 12/10/2008 9:07:11 AM PST by gitmogrunt (Oops....The facts always getting in the way , again......)
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To: indcons
The worst left lane bandits drive in CA.

Most of which are truckers going 59 mph passing trucks going 58 mph. They should raise the truck speed limit to 65.

45 posted on 12/10/2008 9:07:54 AM PST by E=MC2
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
They want to start ticketing people who follow the law??

That's the point -- they're NOT following the law. They're properly driving at or below the speed limit, but they're violating the law that requires motorists on multi-lane highways to stay to the right unless passing other vehicles.

It's also worth noting that the two laws are not equal. The law requiring drivers to keep right except to pass is related to the safety of the road, while a posted speed limit is a statutory limit that usually has nothing to do with the safe operation of the road.

46 posted on 12/10/2008 9:08:31 AM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Smogger
Many of these types are terrified of passing tractor trailors so they will stay in the left lane forever.


47 posted on 12/10/2008 9:08:37 AM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: wastedyears

Shoot! In Juneau you could walk to work from practically anywhere. It ain’t that big.


48 posted on 12/10/2008 9:08:46 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
Exactly. I have never thought this whole argument made sense. They want to start ticketing people who follow the law??

Impeding traffic, even if you are following all traffic rules, is a ticketable offense. So, the guy who speeds in the left lane is violating the law, but so is the guy who impedes a row of drivers behind him.

49 posted on 12/10/2008 9:08:47 AM PST by Citizen Blade (What would Ronald Reagan do?)
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To: Melas

You ARE impeding trafic regardless of your speed, if there are people behind you. In Cal, if there are more than five cars behind you. Your speed is a different question altogether.


50 posted on 12/10/2008 9:09:16 AM PST by nufsed
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