Skip to comments.'Slow-poke’ bill aims to stop left lane lingerers
Posted on 02/26/2014 11:06:56 AM PST by Kennesaw
Those who lollygag in the left lane of highways and interstates could be ticketed under legislation approved in the state House on Wednesday. House Bill 459, by Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, was approved 162-9.
The bill makes it a misdemeanor for any driver on a divided highway who does not move to the right when a car going faster approaches from behind.
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How does this apply to multi-lane highways where there is a car every 20 feet in every lane?
Near me, it always seems to be middle aged women in SUVs who think its OK to ride in the left lane at 50 MPH. Every once in a while you get an 80 year old man, but mainly its middle aged women in SUVs.
How is that different?
Too bad every state doesn’t pass a law like this for drivers who think they have the right to homestead in the left lane.
Yep...should be against the law to drive slow in the left lane. When I was in France and Belgium I noticed the drivers always got into the right lane and never used the left lane for cruising and someone told me it was against the law there to cruise in the left hand lane. I believe that is largely responsible for the lower number of fatalities on the highways there.
Making this a criminal offense rather than a traffic infraction is a bit harsh.
more government laws are better than just passing a fool./sarcasm
get government to try to do something for you instead of doing it yourself. no wonder government keeps growing and the country and freedom keep declining
as if anyone follows the speeding laws
the computer won’t turn on . why we need a law
We have the law in PA... doesn’t help. I suppose it isn’t enforced?
...with the left turn signal blinking, and blinking, and blinking...
I’ve said to my wife if I could be a cop for a day all I would do would be to ticket slow drivers in the left lane on the freeway. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not.
agree and look at all the supposed conservatives cheering this action by government
AMEN!!!!!!!! About time!!!!!!!!!!
I guess we all know where you drive...
A law like this makes sense...but only in rural areas. It could cause collisions in the city.
I notice that it only takes a few cars going under the speed limit on a multi-lane road to slow everyone else down
Once you are trapped behind them here its hard to change lanes till all traffic is slowed down by the jam.
It’ll prob be similar to the move over for emergency vehicles law.
It’s an “if you can” or if it’s possible do it.
If you’re driving on the highway and it’s not possible to move over for an emergency vehicle because a car is already there then you have no choice.
Same with this law I am sure.
Were it up to me I'd just make it legal to shoot fast lane malingerers. By this measure, the law in question is then conservative whereas my proposal would be the more liberal of the two.
Even if you yourself are exceeding the speed limit by say 5 MPH? If so you will be guilty of enabling someone to exceed the speed limit even more.
What if you are in the left lane, driving the speed limit, and some jerk comes along doing 10-15 MPH over the speed limit. Do you still have to pull over?
And people driving in the rain without their lights on.
My thoughts exactly. It makes me seeth to get behind a huge slowpoke, but I’ll eat the time rather than give the government a revenue source and rights diminishment opportunity (in the latter case because some tool will eventually come up with taking your 2A rights for misdemeanors).
how about private roads that set their own rules and you choose which to take.
get government out of schools, roads ,everything
we need separation of gov and the economy
government just needs to leave us , our kids etc. alone
only military and border control for the federal gov
local govs can deal only with laws that prevent the use of force (assault, murder, kidnapping, stealing) etc. and just courts to act as referees where individuals can settle disputes of contracts , land, etc. courts with jury’s of your peers not gov morons deciding what’s right at any level. gov schools are an abomination, so is the EPA,IRS etc. No one can be deprived of their right to freedom,privacy , property with out the due process of law in a court of law and judged by a jury of your peers. government morons can NEVER make any law that doesn’t deal with protecting property rights or preventing force. government education? no way, gov healthcare and charity ? by what right do these democrat/government goons have to deprive us of our rights and property (half our income) to do fake global warming studies? so yes patents , property rights, no stealing , no murder, no harrassment etc. those can be written in a few laws, a few pages. everything else is not the province nor business of government.instead there are room fulls of laws that impose tyranny on us
It depends. Can you resist beating people to death for "failure to grovel?" Shooting dogs? Yes? Then here's your badge.
They are busy having an important conversation on their cell phones. You must be a sexist to question them! < / sarcasm >
How about tickets for those who pass on the right going over the speed limit?
That's already here. Ever heard of the "Lautenberg Amendment?"
I agree, excepting carpool lanes.
Why wouldn’t you?
That’s my reaction too. It should be a ticketable “infraction” that can only be elevated to a misdemeanor IF the defendant demands a jury trial.
??.er..yes, that's the point. The left lane is for passing.
And not only for Jerks, but for parents trying to get their injured kid to the hospital.
no more laws, no more government . we have too much already of that. get gov out of roads, schools, economy etc. .private roads can set their own rules , and then you can choose which to take. the rest of my post:
Round here the legions of reckless drivers think you’re “lollygagging” if you’re going the speed limit.
“Even if you yourself are exceeding the speed limit by say 5 MPH? If so you will be guilty of enabling someone to exceed the speed limit even more.”
THE dumbest thing I have heard all day.
And to answer you, YES, even if you are exceeding the limit by 5 mph. When did YOU get to decide how fast everyone else must go?
Look behind you sometime when you're cruising along happily in the left lane at the traffic stacking up. You're actually a road hazzard.
Why are there speed limits and cops with radar guns?
Chewing gum with their mouth open.
We just don't have enough stupid laws already!
Except for here is Pennsylvania. Here, ANY lane is for passing, even if that lane is on the right. :-)
Guilty of letting someone pass you? Do you think that is a crime? Do you think you need to chase them down if they do get past you?
My problem is with people who drive slow in the right lane - 10 miles an hour.
The fast lane is where the radar is focused and where tickets are issued.
Well the left lane would be for passing if it weren’t for people who apparently think it’s for sight-seeing.
Is there a different speed limit for the left lane?
The current speed limits are valid, even if they are not enforced.
Is this legislation going to make it legal to speed up and sit on the rear bumper of a car that is going the legal limit?
As usual, most legislation is not thought out.
If I'm driving the speed limit in the left lane, and you want to drive 15 MPH over the speed limit, you are welcome to drive around me.
It passes the libertarian test. Your right to saunter in the left lane, ends when my front bumper approaches your rear bumper.
I agree with that, but nonetheless, I think it’s a good idea.
And before somebody gets on me about being all “big government”, government is in charge of our roads. Nearly everybody wants government to take care of the roads. And when governments elected by people are in charge of roads, the people DO get to determine, by measures such as these, that the PASSING LANE is actually used for PASSING.
And supporting a left-lane law does not mean I’m about to start supporting anti-smoking laws, or the War on Drugs, or laws regulating trans-fats, sugar, etc.
Fine with me as long as you at least move over for faster traffic otherwise you are just causing a chaotic bottleneck behind you.
That doesn't answer the question.