Skip to comments.Left-lane slowpokes drive you crazy? (Some states are cracking down.)
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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People passing on the left are invariably going higher than allowed limits. Either ticket speeders consistently, or raise the limit.
but, but, but.....they’re using less gasoline!
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.
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.
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.
***Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, weary of having his limo slowed down by such left-lane pokies***
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drives herself to work.
not, not really....! as gas engines work less efficiently at higher speeds....
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?.....”
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.
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.
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?
Agreed. ...and the tailgaters, and those who swing into the far lane while turning through an intersection,...
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.
Regardless, (and your statement is not necessarily true.) unless you are passing, you should not be in the left lane.
There is a special place in hell reserved for people who drive slow in the passing lane.
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.
Usually somebody is speeding. slow it down.
People that pass me on the right make me the maddest!
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!
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.
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
Your cell phone number should be the same as your license plate.
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
It’s largely because we have so many left lane exits.
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.
If I am already doing 70, dont expect me to pull over when the speed limit is 65
Bump to get in on this later...
I agree with you about TX drivers.....I moved here a year ago....Does anyone know what the signal light is for?
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!
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.
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.
Ever driven on a German autobahn? mmmmm...
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.
[cue “Bad Habit” by the Offspring]
“...those who swing into the far lane while turning through an intersection,...”
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.
The worst left lane bandits drive in CA. The higher traffic density here doesn’t help matters either.
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.
Geeze. Who hasn't done that?
Wrong. You can’t legally be impeding traffic if you’re going the maximum allowable speed.
HERE'S THE RULE MOVE RIGHT UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR SPEED.
Most of which are truckers going 59 mph passing trucks going 58 mph. They should raise the truck speed limit to 65.
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.
Shoot! In Juneau you could walk to work from practically anywhere. It ain’t that big.
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.
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.