• Jan 11, 2008
If there is anything worse than someone doing tortoise-like speed in the left lane, it's someone doing tortoise-like speed in the left lane and driving next to someone doing tortoise-like speed in the right lane. Oklahoma State Troopers aren't having any more of it and have begun enforcing the state's left lane law.

Section 41-11-301 dictates that "Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane when available for traffic..." What this means is that unless you're doing at least the speed limit or are about to make a left turn, you need to stay out of the left passing lane or risk being pulled over by the guys with the flashing rooftop lights.

The OK troopers say this is about getting out of the way for police and emergency service vehicles who shouldn't have to wait for slower drivers to exit the left lane. But seeing that any rushing authority is usually going well over 65 MPH, and folks in the news video were being pulled over for doing 62, we don't see how 3 MPH would really make that difference. Not that we're complaining, because it takes all of our green tea and feng shui to stay calm when we rock up behind slowpokes in the left passing lane. For now, however, folks in OK getting pulled over receive nothing more than a warning. Soon, however, Oklahoma troopers will start handing out $206 tickets. If you want to know how your state feels about the matter, check out the list of "keep right" laws.

[Source: CNN]


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      Marcia
      • 7 Years Ago
      Using the left lane for passing only is not practical, at least not where we live. The freeways have too much traffic on them to leave that lane open for passing only. Definitely those who drive slower in the left lane should be ticketed - an expensive ticket. They cause more accidents than speeders. If they want to drive slow stay in the right lane.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in Zephyrhills FL....It's great driving from April till September...Then they come back...Snowbirds...Driving 45-50 mph in every lane..oblivious to the world...If it's Snowbird season, Why can't we shoot them????
      • 7 Years Ago
      Reiterating the point - keep right unless passing means exactly that regardless of whether the road has two, three or more lanes.

      Many moons ago I had the pleasure of driving in Germany (Opal Tigra; 1.3L 4cyl/5M; drag limited top speed of ~110mph). The golden rule on the Autobahn is exactly the same. I was simply awed by the discipline of German drivers - they literally "snap" back into the right lane every single time they execute a pass. If I ever lived over there long enough to get accustomed to it, I don't think I could return to the U.S. - driving here would simply be too frustrating.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Illinois and Kentucky have this law but it is rarely inforced.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is, like, so righteous. I wish this would be done EVERYWHERE. Some of us actually ENJOY driving.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know! We have the same law in CA. Enforce it, CHP! It drives me nuts.
      lou
      • 7 Years Ago
      LEFT LANE LAWS ARE TOTAL B_S_ WHY DON'T THEY JUST MAKE THE LEFT LANE AN "UNLIMITED" SPEED LANE IF PEOPLE JUST WANT TO DRIVE WITHOUT LIMITS......AFTER ALL THAT'S WHAT WE'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT COME ON....I HAVE DRIVEN THE ROADS OF TEXAS FOR 40 YEARS AND THE SLOW DRIVER ON THE INTERSTATE IS A MYTH.....THE MAJORITY OF CARS ON i-35 ARE DRIVING OVER THE POSTED SPEED LIMITS 24-7, 365. THE PROBLEM IS THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF DRIVERS (NOT ALL YOUNG DRIVERS EITHER) REFUSE TO FOLLOW ANY SPEED LIMIT AND RESENT IT WHEN ANYONE DRIVES AT A SLOWER SPEED (REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE DRIVING THE LIMIT OR NOT). IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT THEN CONDUCT YOUR OWN STUDY AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT FOR EVERY "SLOW" LEFT LANE DRIVER YOU FIND ON I-35 BETWEEN SAN ANTONIO AND DALLAS YOU WILL FIND AT LEAST 10 (PROBABLY MUCH MORE) DRIVERS GOING BEYOND THE POSTED SPEED LIMITS ON THE EXTREME RIGHT HAND (SLOW) LANE EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO ONE IN THE FAR LEFT HAND LANE.....COME ON PEOPLE GET REAL....THIS IS NOT ABOUT "PASSING" THE PEOPLE THAT COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME ARE THE ONES THAT WANT TO CRUISE IN THE FAR LEFT HAND LANE AT THEIR OWN SPEED WHETHER THEY'RE "PASSING" ANYBODY OR NOT. EVERY SINLE DAY OF THE YEAR YOU WILL ALSO SEE PEOPLE GOING 10 MILES AN HOUR OVER THE SPEED LIMIT GETTING CURSED OUT BY SOMEONE WHO IS GOING FASTER THAN THEY ARE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT "PASSING" FAST ENOUGH.....PULLLEASSE.....
      ha ha ha
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please enforce this in TX. One of the worst states for this abuse.
      apirahna
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to the federal mandate, some years ago, that REQUIRED states to make passing on the right LEGAL?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I truly believe there are drivers who don't know what their rear-view mirror is.

      I had a buddy from a small town in OK. His high school class would speed back and forth to the neighboring town's McD's for lunch. One day on his return trip, he decided to pull a prank on the rest of the class by occupying the left lane and driving next to a garbage truck~ exactly 55mph for a good 10 miles. He said the line in his rear view mirror went as far as he could see. The entire class was late (!), The cops showed up at school and gave him a stern taking.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This law is good if you live in the middle of nowhere, are on a 2-3 lane highway and there isn't constantly a lot of traffic. Try enforcing this law in L.A. on the 405 or 101 freeways or any other big city. You would be out of your mind to try to get everyone to stay to the right on a 5+ lane highway.
      FILLY
      • 7 Years Ago
      AMERICAN DRIVERS ARE THE WORST,,,,,THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW AT LEAST 65 % ANYWAY
      NoBias
      • 7 Years Ago
      Blocking fast lane piles traffic up. Nothing more dangerous than that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I work on a rescue squad, and nothing is more frustrating than having to slow the ambulance down to wait for someone to A) notice that we're there, and B) SLOWLY pull over to the right. Our trucks are heavy, and don't pick up speed on a dime. And when precious seconds matter, it makes a huge difference. Hurray for OK! Now, if they'd just do that here in VA!
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