Georgia Bill Outlaws Left-Lane Slowpokes
Legislator wants to fine them for not switching lanes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 1:11 PM CST

(Newser) – A state trooper-turned-lawmaker in Georgia intends to make it illegal for slow drivers to dawdle in the left lane, reports the Huffington Post. His proposed bill would require drivers to move to the right if they're going below the speed limit in the passing lane and cars are behind them. It strengthens a current law on the books and makes it clear that scofflaws face a fine for a moving violation. "I always say it's the manners your momma should have taught you," state legislator Bill Hitchens tells MyFox Atlanta. "If someone pulls up behind you, you move to the right and let them by." The measure will curb accidents and road rage incidents, he adds.

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Mar 1, 2013 12:52 AM CST
Call it impeding traffic, keep to the right except when passing, or whatever... if the passing lane is occupied by a car going the speed limit, what are the legal implications of cars trying to pass the guy? It sounds as if this trooper turned GA lawmaker is tacitly conceding posted limits are suggestions! I drive around Atlanta -- posted limit 55 to 65. I get blown off on either the left or right by cars doing 80! I followed an Indiana state trooper at 80mph on the Indy beltway -- posted limit was 55 and I had people lined up behind me. All state police should post the speed after which they'll write tickets -- 5 over, 10 over, 15 over on Interstates or freeways? FL troopers say plus-10 on Interstates, toll roads and expressways. I've blown through CA Interstate highway traps at plus-15 with no reaction. What gives?
Feb 28, 2013 7:27 PM CST
Back when we had 55mph limit NM state hwy patrol issued a statement that they would NOT ticket anyone doing 60 to 65mph because it was the safer speed- their reasoning was drivers need as few distractions as possible and if you know you are traveling at or slightly above ONE mile per minute, then you can easily do the calculations in your head for your ETA, or Estimated Time of Arrival to your destination- common sense
Feb 28, 2013 4:22 AM CST
It seems that the ex-trooper now lawmaker, doesn't know the State of Georgia traffic code. There already is a law on the books that covers this. It called 'impeading the flow of traffic'. It was on the books back when I lived in Georgia in the 80's and early 90's. It didn't matter if you were driving the speed limit or not. If you were 'impeading the flow of traffic', you could be citied. If say the speed limit was 65 and you had two or more cars behind you, in the far left lane, you can and could get a ticket. I knew of people that got such a ticket when I lived there. They went to court and told the judge that they were going the speed limit and didn't think they should be given a ticket, because everyone else wanted to speed on by. The judge asked if traffic was backed-up behind you. They said that didn't matter, because they were driving the speed limit. Found guilt of impeading the flow and fined between 75 and 150 dollars. I think it's a great law. I probley drive between 200 to 300 miles a day in may line of work. The three biggest things that tick me off about other drivers are, 1) Turn signals are not optional equipment, they come with the car, use them. 2) The left lane is not your private drive lane. If I am going faster than you, pull over and let me pass. I only use the left lane to pass, other than that I stay in the right lane. 3) Remember you are merging into traffic, not them merging into your traffic, when getting onto the freeway. So don't speed up to get into that little space ahead of me, when there is nothing behind me, If I slow down to let the car ahead of you merge, doesn't mean I'm letting you in also. I've been driving almost 50 years and I don't say I'm the best driver. But, I'm a he$$ of alot better than most of the drivers I come accross. Georgia also has a traffic law that says, semi's must use the right hand lane/lanes, unless passing.