• Aug 20, 2009
Few driving annoyances irritate the automotive enthusiast set as much as a slow-moving driver clogging up the far left lane of a highway. Mercifully, this is one instance where the law is on your side, as that left-hand lane is meant for passing the slower traffic that should be driving on the right (as the helpful sticker on the Lego Volvo above illustrates).

In Kansas at least, a new law went into effect on July 1 that will allow police officers and the Highway Patrol to better enforce the rules of the road. On all multi-lane highways in The Sunflower State, it's now illegal to drive in the far left-hand lane "except when passing or turning left or when instructed to do so by traffic-control devices or officers."

Trooper Mark Engholm of the Kansas Highway Patrol tells USA Today that "the law is designed to reduce road rage and prevent motorists from trying risky maneuvers." Finally, a good reason to drive through Kansas... let's just hope that the powers that be in the state (and others) enforce it.

[Source: USA Today | Image: Boxybutgood.us]


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      MezJr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, now lets get police to enforce following distance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You do know that means doing 100 in the lane and not passinbg somebody and just going straight would get you aticket with this law also right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        " majortom1981 4:52PM (8/21/2009)

        You do know that means doing 100 in the lane and not passinbg somebody and just going straight would get you aticket with this law also right?"


        well, if you are going fast and nobody on your right to pass, it means the lane on your right is empty, why not moving the right lane?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Exactly the way it should be. I'm driving in the left hand lane to continually pass those in the right hand lane. Thus, no one should *EVER* have to brake when driving in the left hand lane. EVER.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We've had this rule in Australia for many years, Merely as a suggestive sign posted in order to promote "fair road driving" though In ~2000 it became Law... Because we drive on the otherside here, its Sign posted around the country as "Keep left unless overtaking" and its "enforced" on all roads with 2 or more lanes with the same direction of travel... Though a busy 3 lane city main road where all 3 lanes are full its understandable to be in any lane... Its really designed for the highways, freeways and motorways of the country.. But even then, its rare for Highway patrol to pull you over based on sitting in the right lane too long...
      • 5 Years Ago
      please come down to texas and start enforcing it here too. It's so rare when lawmakers and policy makers actually enact something that makes sense.

      The main problem here is asshat 16 year old girls on their cell phones doing 60 in the left hand lane, or uninsured illegal aliens that are in a 1984 ford pickup spewing more smoke than a coal plant going 55 as to try not to draw attention to themselves.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, CO has this same law too and yet I've never seen or even heard of anyone ever getting a ticket for disobeying it.

        Doesn't do a whole lot of good to create a new law if no one is going to enforce it.

        They do fill almost every overhead LED sign with something akin to, "Keep Right Except to Pass, it's the LAW".

        But that also assumes that those same drivers even bother reading roadsigns to begin with which is questionable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Driving on 95 from DC to NYC the left lane is usually blocked. One night I observed a police car driving up behind those people and flashing them with all his lights. Boy did they jump out of the way. He continued this process for a good sixty miles. Nice.

        And another time I got trapped behind a Viper, also blocking the left lane. He kept looking at me in his rear view mirror, obviously unwilling to let the lowly Civic pass. So after about a mile of this crap, I passed on the right. Long-story-short, my explanation to the state trooper for why I was going 88mph was persuasive enough to get me out of there with only a warning. Lesson; always begin the conversation with, "I'm sorry officer...."
        • 5 Years Ago
        And it actually is illegal here for the traffic in the left lane to travel slower than the right lane - but no one enforces it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Come to California too, we have plenty of illegal aliens doing 45 on the freeway in pickup trucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @mitchw, and that's exactly the problem with this otherwise good-intentioned law. Usually, laws that say the left lane for passing come with a stipulation that says you cannot pass on the right. So, if someone hijacks the left lane you're screwed. What they're doing is illegal, but you have to do something illegal to get passed them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, Jeff, except for one thing - I think you and I are the only people in the entire state that don't want to drive slowly in the left lane. Young, old, male, female, doesn't matter - everyone wants to drive slow in the left lane.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Try enforcing this on something like 495 around DC or 695 or any other high traffic area. All lanes are bumper to bumper or moving at 70mph. It just effectively reduces one lane of traffic
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a pretty similar law on the books here in PA. Unfortunately I don't think it has ever been enforced.

      "Vehicle proceeding at less than normal speed.--Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway."

      http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/vehicle_code/chapter33.pdf
      • 5 Years Ago
      The idea sounds good, but here in Washington DC, there are simply too many cars to leave the left lanes empty. Further, I'm concerned that creates a sense of entitlement in some drivers - that if they simply drive faster than everyone else, that traffic will part before them like Moses at the Red Sea. Organizing cars driving at different speeds is a good thing, but rigid laws of this sort are too much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's downright horrible in the bay area (Northern California). The other day this stupid truck was driving 50mph in the left lane, where the limit was 65mph. What is it with trucks and Priuses going slow in the fast lane, urgh!
        • 5 Years Ago
        To be fair, I also see Priuses FLYING in the slow lane.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people are moving to Kansas now. I'm packing as I type this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here in NJ there has been the 'Keep Right Pass Left' law over 25 years. All is well until a STUPID Pennsylvania driver is doing 60 in the fast lane. PA Drivers YOU SUCK AT DRIVING!!! STAY OUT OF NJ!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I seem to recall getting a pretty hefty speeding fine in Missouri seven or so years ago and part of the charge was driving in the left lane while not passing. I'm sure I would have passed someone while going 90 MPH but the officer didn't see anyone for me to pass so he added it to the ticket.
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