• May 12, 2011
The percentage of motorists who really understand the basic tenets of driving vary from state to state. In some areas of the country, hogging the left lane is a vile offense, yet drivers in other parts of the country use it as they see fit. This is incorrect, and it's also quite frustrating to the other motorists that understand the rules of the road. In an effort to remind drivers that the left lane is for passing, Washington state troopers pulled over 223 left-lane ignorati for ignoring the law.

The police ended up letting 199 drivers off with just a warning. We hope that warning serves as a lesson to make the driver more aware of the rules of the road. Now, if they could just start enforcing this more stringently throughout the rest of the country...


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      HC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in New York, nobody treats the left lane as a passing lane. It's treated as a "drive 20mph over the posted speed limit until the cops show up lane".
        constantly spinning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HC
        20 over 65 is already 85mph. How fast do you want to go?
          Termin8
          • 3 Years Ago
          @constantly spinning
          What's it to you? It's not up to you or any other civilian out there to decide what's the "proper" speed out on the road. The only difference between you and the other jerks that cruise in the left lane doing the speed limit is what YOU perceive as a "reasonable" speed.
        Smitty_Smithenson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HC
        Sounds A-O-K to me
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HC
        Yup...or the "tailgate the guy doing 80mph lane because 25 over just isn't fast enough!" Lane
          Termin8
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          So, in other words you guys are exactly what this story is about, right? In case you didn't get the point, SPEED is not the issue. Proper road manners ARE. I don't care if I'm doing 80mph in the left lane, I still monitor my mirrors and pull over if I see a vehicle overtaking me. Just because you're going over the posted speed limit, it doesn't relieve you of your responsibility of displaying proper road manners out there. You're no better than the jerks doing the limit and holding people up.
          longducdong
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          I frickin hate that crap. I need a Phalanx gun system mounted on my tailgate to do away with those morons. Look up the Phalanx on YouTube...
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its kinda funny that the picture used is of a two-lane road. I'm guessing that "hogging the left lane" on a two-lane road is going to lead to more dire consequences than a potential ticket.
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know all you guys think you have the worst drivers in the county, but the worst drivers are all from New York. I live in NJ and i show my respect for NY by NOT driving there, i take the train, i wish they would do the same when they come down to the NJ shore. New Yorkers are the worst left lane hoggers, period. I wish NJ cops only targeted people from ny for the entire summer, maybe the would stay home.
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        Whenever I drive through NY State, this is the without-a-doubt a completely accurate depiction WTF is it with NY? They drive SLOW in the passing lane, especially on smaller 2 lane highways. And if you pass around them to distance yourself from their douchebaggery they start honking their horn and flashing their lights like you committed some sort of mortal crime.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        BAHAHAHAHAHHAA!!!! As a resident of long island, I beg to differ. The Jersey turnpike and the garden state parkway are populated by the worst drivers on planet earth. No signals, cutting people off, tail gating, you name it. There plenty of bad drivers out on the island but everyone in jersey drives with their head up their ass.
      skolits
      • 3 Years Ago
      New Jersey next please!
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @skolits
        Here you go right here.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZhdvl_P1Zc
          Termin8
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Michael
          Quite possibly the best move I've ever seen from a cop on the road.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
      mikesurowiec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeez, we need some of that in VA. I-81 is horrible
      Shawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      racism? what? if the man is taking the test in Chinese, how will he know what signs say if he cant read English? noticing he was taking the test in Chinese isnt racism! its observation....
      svntsvn
      • 3 Years Ago
      AMEN
      maltesefalconb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still waiting for Oklahoma to enfore theirs.
      mimpossibl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Traffic is a choreography, like dancing. If others are not considered, it destroys the whole of the purpose. Help others get to where they are going even when you do not know where or why.
      Harry Johnston
      • 3 Years Ago
      i agree totally i was just commenting on this today, while driving in mich. i hope somehow this is made more available/aware across the country, i'd suggest more signs along the roads as reminders. thanks. "keep the passing lane open"!!!
      Leo Liberman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news. Am interested to find what other states this law exists in, or what states are trying to pass this. Thanks.
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