• Mar 24, 2010
Is there anything more irritating on your morning commute than slow-moving drivers who refuse to extricate themselves from the passing lane? The answer is "no." And so now we may have at least one good reason to consider moving to Georgia... that's if the Senate follows the shining example of the House (the 129-29 vote was passed after just seven minutes of debate) in passing Bill 1047. Says Rep. Mark Butler, (R-Carrollton), who introduced the Bill:
I don't think I'm alone in saying this, but there are so many times when you're alone on a four-lane road, and people will get over in the left-hand lane, which by law is supposed to be used for passing, and will just sit there and use it as their own personal drive-out lane, and they may be going 50 miles per hour. It's slowing down traffic. It's frustrating.
No Mark, you most certainly are not alone, and it is indeed one of the most frustrating elements of our nation's roadways. Though it's technically already a law that slowpokes must move out of the far-left lane, it's rarely enforced. This Bill would seek to change all of that with a way to accurately record how many such tickets are handed out each year.

Georgia Senate: The ball is officially in your court. Don't let your constituency down.

[Source: The Augusta Chronicle via Jalopnik]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They passed a law similar to this in Illinois. It hasn't helped.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jeff1999 Same here in Colorado. People just love that left lane for some reason.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We have a similar law in WA and I asked a state patrolman if it was enforced. He told me he wrote tickets on it "all the time" but more often than not the judges throw it out.

        I find that the more "Keep Left Except to Pass" or "Slower Traffic Keep Right" signs there are posted in a particular stretch of highway, the MORE people are poking along in the left lane.

        I can't tell you how many times I've come up behind a car in the left lane on a lonely stretch of highway out here in the the western US and been completely unsurprised to see the WA license plate. It's like a disease.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We've had a similar law for as long as I can remember.

        It doesn't make any difference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have a Super Speeder law in Georgia, so why not a Super Slowpoke law? If the reason for passage is deemed to be "safety" then I think there should be a fine plus an additional fee for each mile per hour under the posted speed minimum. (just to be fair to the speeders)
      Paul
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in GA, it is very frustrating when people drive to left and in their own little world.
      I would also like to see enforcement to make people use those empty HOV lanes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is just another BS law to further crowd the books. It's not like we don't already have enough laws on the books that already cover all the issues we all find so aggravating. The problem is the police simply don't bother with doing anything that will alleviate the sources of our frustration. Hell, quite often, they ARE the source of the problem. We have speeding laws but cops routinely speed. We have laws about sitting in the left lane but I rarely see cops driving in any lane BUT the left one. We have laws about driving while using a cell phone but I frequently see cops driving around while using a cell phone. And don't get me started on using turn signals and coming to complete stops at stop signs.
      Sorry, cops are the most flagrant of traffic law-breakers. You expect them to actually DO something that would help us normal commuters get places quickly and efficiently? Never gonna happen folks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish those people that drive in the left lane would do it on a 2 lane road and let someone put them out of their misery. Or move to England.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too many people, too many vehicles, and not enough people willing to share the road. The left lane in my state is a "safe haven" where people can sit and drive 55 mph in a 65 mph zone and talk on their cell phone oblivious to all people around them. We have a three lane 65 mph interstate that amazingly can be three cars wide, all doing 60 mph. No one gets anywhere, and no one cares.
      I wish police would enforce the left lane law. A state trooper passed me with lights and sirens and wound up following a Taurus in the left lane for a mile. The car could have yielded and went into either the middle or right lane - both were clear - the driver chose not to account he was looking for the left lane exit ramp five miles ahead. The trooper passed him on the right. Too bad he didn't have time to ticket the chap who does not understand the concept of yielding to emergency vehicles. Yielding appears to be a "lost art"of driving.
      People ignorant of the rules of the road should not have a license. People that are aware of the rules of the road and choose not to follow them should be fined to the maximum extent - heck what state doesn't need the money these days? Common sense seems non - existent at times. Driving is a privilege, not a right, some people may need to be reminded of that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely brilliant. I hate those people that drive slow in the left lane. I just want to run them off the road
      email17319
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, Another dumb article that appeals to the lazy people.

      Author says: four-lane road, and people will get over in the left-hand lane....

      If you have FOUR LANES THEN MOVE THE HECK OVER AND GO AROUND the slower person in the left lane that won't move over, you have 3 other lanes!!! you deserve to get PISSED OFF AND ANNOYED, ,GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!,, I will admit I don't like it either, but I don't allow people to piss me off on the road, I just go around. And I have never heard or seen anyone get a ticket or pulled over for ridding the left lane holding up traffic, so you sorry people just need to go around the slower car/suv/truck or whatever is in YOUR WAY ! LOL we should cry a river for you 'in a rush' people, HA HA

      Cops don't like pulling people over, there always risking there life pulling someone over, If you think cops will pull over someone driving slow in the left lane, get a life, because it just wont happen!!,

      Your just as bad as the person NOT moving over for your lazy ass too, your just as lazy!

      and WHAT IS YOUR HURRY! SAVE SOME GAS , human nature likes to drive faster then the posted speed limit, people drive like gas is $1 gal. must be nice!?! , human nature will never change, LOL, if someone is in your way GO AROUND THEM, even if there in the left lane or not, there is NO such thing as a PASSING LANE ANYMORE ! LOL AND IF your in a hurry, TAKE A DAMN PLANE , ill be the one in the left lane, and if i am going too slow for you... , go ahead and tailgate me, and watch what happens, LOL .. its clear that its not what happens to you in life, its HOW you respond to it!

      and it TOTALLY AMAZES ME how people think they can tailgate you when your in the RIGHT LANE doing 65 in a 55 and you have someone on your ass, guess what, most people are too stupid and don't think about how many of us have a CELL PHONES, guess what!! if you tailgate me when I am doing 60 or 65 in a 55 zone AND I AM IN THE RIGHT LANE, I WILL CALL THE POLICE , I have not done that yet,, thats because I HOLD UP MY CELL PHONE so the person tailgating me SEES my cell phone!! , then the stupido gets the HINT to back off or I WILL call the police, and amazingly they back off and go around, the cell phone is ALMIGHTY! AND DON'T FORGET IT!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @email17319
        Take your meds and calm down buddy.
      jessi
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time, maybe other states will do this now! I know that there are many older drivers who ride in the left lane purposely because they feel like everyone else should be driving below the limit like they do (I have heard this sentiment from my in-laws also)! Make the same law for ALL streets, in Randolph county, NC, there are many old folks driving around who go 10 - 20 miles below the speed limit. There are a lot of hilly, twisted roads, and just about every day I have come up behind an old person doing 30 mph or lower in 45-55 mph zones!
      danofcal
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the far left lane. Speed limit is 65 and I drive 65 and grin at everyone working hard to pass me (which is about everyone). Too bad speeders. SPEED KILLS....DIE!
      SteveFx
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the '80's my Dad and I were "greymarket" importers/modifiers on a small scale. We would drive 5 year old emission-exempt or new pre-mod BMWs and Porsches N on I-85 into Atlanta. In that pre-laser era; we used Escort/Passport ECM running 80-90 when there was little traffic. We figured out a tactic against left lane bandit mo-rons I labeled "robbery by intimidation".

      At the time; only "sealed beam" halogen headlights were allowed under DOT rules. We would put 100 watt bulbs in the high beams on BMWs. If you don't have long hair; I could sunburn your neck.

      Some mo-ron is doing 55-70 in the left lane with NOBODY in the right lane within 1/4 mile. About 300 yds give him 2 short flashes. At 150 yds give him a 2 second flash. At 75 yds light him up. About 90% of the time they will GTFO.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The same people bithcing about drivers weaving in and out of traffic are the ones doing 45mph in the left lane on an interstate. These a$$holes should be ticketed and receive points.
      COMMON COURTESY says get the F out of the way if someone approaches your bumper. I'm comfotable gong 186mph on a highway, but I'm MORE than happy to yield to the right on the few occasions when someone wants to pass me.

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