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'Slow-poke’ bill aims to stop left lane lingerers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Aaron Gould Sheinin

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: autobahn; highwayrobbery; nannystate; passinglane; revenuetickets; scofflaws; speedkills
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1 posted on 02/26/2014 11:06:56 AM PST by Kennesaw
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To: Kennesaw

How does this apply to multi-lane highways where there is a car every 20 feet in every lane?


2 posted on 02/26/2014 11:08:32 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Kennesaw

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.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 11:12:08 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: proxy_user

How is that different?


4 posted on 02/26/2014 11:12:36 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Kennesaw

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.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 11:12:39 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Kennesaw

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.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 11:12:44 AM PST by bkepley
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To: Kennesaw

Making this a criminal offense rather than a traffic infraction is a bit harsh.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 11:12:47 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Kennesaw

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


8 posted on 02/26/2014 11:12:49 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Kennesaw

We have the law in PA... doesn’t help. I suppose it isn’t enforced?


9 posted on 02/26/2014 11:13:16 AM PST by Phillyred
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

...with the left turn signal blinking, and blinking, and blinking...


10 posted on 02/26/2014 11:13:37 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Kennesaw

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.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 11:13:43 AM PST by Fair Paul
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To: circlecity

agree and look at all the supposed conservatives cheering this action by government


12 posted on 02/26/2014 11:13:52 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Kennesaw

AMEN!!!!!!!! About time!!!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 02/26/2014 11:14:22 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: circlecity

I guess we all know where you drive...


14 posted on 02/26/2014 11:14:25 AM PST by samiam5
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To: Kennesaw

15 posted on 02/26/2014 11:15:00 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Kennesaw

A law like this makes sense...but only in rural areas. It could cause collisions in the city.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 11:15:14 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Kennesaw

That’s unusual

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.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 11:15:18 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor ')
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To: proxy_user

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.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 11:15:42 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Democrat_media
agree and look at all the supposed conservatives cheering this action by government

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.

19 posted on 02/26/2014 11:16:24 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Kennesaw

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.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 11:17:01 AM PST by TonyM
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To: Kennesaw

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?


21 posted on 02/26/2014 11:17:03 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Fair Paul

And people driving in the rain without their lights on.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 11:17:25 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: circlecity

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).


23 posted on 02/26/2014 11:18:06 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Kennesaw

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


24 posted on 02/26/2014 11:18:14 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Fair Paul
I guess it’s a good thing I’m not.

It depends. Can you resist beating people to death for "failure to grovel?" Shooting dogs? Yes? Then here's your badge.

;^)

25 posted on 02/26/2014 11:19:36 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

They are busy having an important conversation on their cell phones. You must be a sexist to question them! < / sarcasm >


26 posted on 02/26/2014 11:20:01 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kennesaw

How about tickets for those who pass on the right going over the speed limit?


27 posted on 02/26/2014 11:20:34 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Axenolith
(in the latter case because some tool will eventually come up with taking your 2A rights for misdemeanors)

That's already here. Ever heard of the "Lautenberg Amendment?"

28 posted on 02/26/2014 11:21:03 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Kennesaw

I agree, excepting carpool lanes.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 11:21:28 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Why wouldn’t you?


30 posted on 02/26/2014 11:23:26 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: circlecity

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.


31 posted on 02/26/2014 11:23:39 AM PST by pogo101
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To: Cowboy Bob
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?

??.er..yes, that's the point. The left lane is for passing.

32 posted on 02/26/2014 11:23:59 AM PST by bkepley
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To: Cowboy Bob
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?

YES!!!

And not only for Jerks, but for parents trying to get their injured kid to the hospital.

33 posted on 02/26/2014 11:24:46 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: MeganC

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:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3127281/posts?page=1


34 posted on 02/26/2014 11:25:07 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Kennesaw

Round here the legions of reckless drivers think you’re “lollygagging” if you’re going the speed limit.


35 posted on 02/26/2014 11:25:56 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: TonyM

“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?


36 posted on 02/26/2014 11:26:04 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Moonman62
How about tickets for those who pass on the right going over the speed limit?

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.

37 posted on 02/26/2014 11:26:52 AM PST by bkepley
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To: Nik Naym

Why are there speed limits and cops with radar guns?


38 posted on 02/26/2014 11:27:19 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SoothingDave
And people driving in the rain without their lights on.

Chewing gum with their mouth open.

We just don't have enough stupid laws already!

39 posted on 02/26/2014 11:28:28 AM PST by GingisK
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To: bkepley
??.er..yes, that's the point. The left lane is for passing.

Except for here is Pennsylvania. Here, ANY lane is for passing, even if that lane is on the right. :-)

40 posted on 02/26/2014 11:29:07 AM PST by cuz_it_aint_their_money
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To: TonyM
If so you will be guilty of enabling someone to exceed the speed limit even more.

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?

41 posted on 02/26/2014 11:29:41 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Fair Paul

My problem is with people who drive slow in the right lane - 10 miles an hour.


42 posted on 02/26/2014 11:30:19 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Kennesaw

The fast lane is where the radar is focused and where tickets are issued.


43 posted on 02/26/2014 11:30:35 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

Well the left lane would be for passing if it weren’t for people who apparently think it’s for sight-seeing.


44 posted on 02/26/2014 11:30:51 AM PST by bkepley
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To: Kennesaw

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.


45 posted on 02/26/2014 11:30:56 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: bkepley
Trucks usually drive in the right lanes. As a result, the right lane is usually bumpy and filled with potholes.

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.

46 posted on 02/26/2014 11:31:00 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Democrat_media

It passes the libertarian test. Your right to saunter in the left lane, ends when my front bumper approaches your rear bumper.


47 posted on 02/26/2014 11:32:16 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: circlecity

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.


48 posted on 02/26/2014 11:32:50 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Cowboy Bob
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.

Fine with me as long as you at least move over for faster traffic otherwise you are just causing a chaotic bottleneck behind you.

49 posted on 02/26/2014 11:33:28 AM PST by bkepley
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To: bkepley
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.

That doesn't answer the question.

50 posted on 02/26/2014 11:33:30 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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