Delaware Goes After Left-Lane Slowpokes

Considers bill to fine dawdlers

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2012 1:26 PM CDT | Updated Apr 19, 2012 1:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – The signs say "Slower traffic keep right," but apparently the slowpokes in Delaware aren't listening. The state is looking to crack down on lane hogs who insist on driving at a crawl in the left lane, with the Delaware Legislature considering a bill that would fine such dawdlers as much as $230. The bill would make the left lane for passing or turning only on any road with at least two lanes in each direction, the News Journal reports.

The Delaware Police Chiefs Council and AAA Mid-Atlantic have both endorsed the bill, and the council chair says that though it may be somewhat difficult to enforce, the law "could have a huge impact just by being on the books." Delaware already requires slower drivers to keep to the right, and officials there and in other states are increasing enforcement in an effort to reduce road rage. Says a AAA defensive driving teacher, "If people are passing you on the right, then you're in the wrong lane."

Apparently, some people in Delaware aren't too good at reading these.   (Shutterstock)
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