Left-Lane Slowpokes May Be Georgia's Newest Criminals
'Slowpoke' bill will become law if governor signs
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 9:05 AM CDT
Loading... Please wait

(Newser) – If you've ever been stuck behind a person driving too slowly in the fast lane, the Georgia Legislature is here for you: Its "slowpoke" bill would require anyone driving on a divided highway to move to the right when a faster car approaches from behind—even if the "slowpoke" is actually going the speed limit. Not doing so would be a misdemeanor, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs the bill into law, USA Today reports. "Slowpokes" would face as much as a year in prison and $1,000 in fines.

But Rep. Bill Hitchens, the bill's sponsor and a former state trooper, says he doesn't expect the penalties to be nearly that high—nor does he expect them to be meted out that often, as he acknowledges the law would be difficult to enforce, since a police officer will need to witness it. But he says it's all about education: "I don't think a lot of people understand ... that slower traffic is supposed to keep right," he says. Last month, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that too-slow drivers are often "the spark that ignites road rage."

View 1 image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Left-Lane Slowpokes May Be Georgia's Newest Criminals is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 504 comments
Nov 6, 2015 7:58 PM CST
While slower drivers bother me as well, they should change the speed limits then. Most highways in the US are 65-70 these days and most have a minimum speed of 45 with others having a minimum of 15mph lower than the limit a ticketable offense. So they should change the min/max limits. Legally they can give you a ticket for going 1mph over the limit so this is kind of a catch 22. If you're going the LIMIT in the left lane and someone behind you wants to go faster you have to move over according to this law. Even though you're doing the maximum legal limit. And doing so means the police are allowing that guy to travel FASTER than the limit legally. Let's face it. Almost no one uses that lane just to pass. Everyone's either going slower or faster than you are. The best that I can think of is to make each lane a particular speed range. If it's 3 lane each way and the max is 70mph make it.... Inside - 65-70 middle - 60-65 outside - 50-60 Something along that line would probably be best. But no matter what they do there will always be people that don't like it.
Mar 28, 2014 6:23 PM CDT
Misdemeanor? Why not a capital crime? Have the courage of your convictions when busily addressing major societal concerns. "#45739 You will be kept in segregation; slow pokes are very unpopular with the rest of the prison population". Also: "What you in for?" "Not pulling over. You?" "Similar, not pulling out." Have no fear; our legislators are busy working while we sleep. This is a message to speeders and roadragers: the state backs you up! "911? There is a guy in front of me who won't pull over; and he is doing it in front of his kids!"
Ezekiel 25:17
Mar 23, 2014 12:02 PM CDT
This also fits in well with the last to merge motorists. They ride the left lane and also they ride the closed lane until the very end. Nice to see our troopers writing a day's worth of last-second merger tickets. Nice to see their personal video recorders as the perps all say the same thing, "Didn't know it was illegal to merge at the very, very last moment."