Delaware may be joining Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington and other states in cracking down on drivers who use the left lane for more than passing. A bill in the Delaware legislature would institute fines of up to $230 for drivers who camp out in the left lane on roads with at least two lanes in each direction, according to USA Today.
Delaware's current law requires drivers to keep right only when going slower that the flow of traffic, according to the report. The new measure would resemble nearby New Jersey's law – the Garden State currently fines left lane dawdlers up to $200, though a recent proposal would raise that to $300.

The Delaware bill is supported by AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Delaware Police Chiefs Council. For what it's worth, we think it's a good idea as well, but don't take our opinion for it, let us know what you think by voting in our poll below.



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      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      You don't to be in a hurry to support lane discipline enforcement :-)
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always joked that the only similarity between driving in America and driving in Britain is that everyone passes on the right and all the slower traffic sits on the left.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      4.4% of the people that took this poll should not be driving.
      Botswana
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time for something like this. The problem is a speeder will likely cause ONE accident if they are driving beyond their means. The person driving too slow will cause MANY accidents. We're focused on the wrong idiots. Not that I don't experience some smugness on the rare occassions when I see a cop pull over the guy blowing past traffic like it is standing still. Would be even happier to see them pulling over the folks who drive in the left hand lane while getting routinely passed on the right.
      F20C
      • 2 Years Ago
      The efficiency of the Autobahn and other similar roadways in Europe is not only due to design, maintenance, and monitoring, but also from the public at large who are EDUCATED to drive in a motorway. When was the last time the driver ahead of you switched to high beams so that you could see ahead when overtaking him/her? This and other courtesies are part of the culture in places where drivers didn't get their license from McDonalds.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand where this left lane cruising at slow speed crap came from. When I took driver education in the late-1970s, it was taught that you drove on the right except to pass, and once you had passed, you merged back over to the right. Everyone knew that 30 years ago. When did left lane idiots propagate? Why did state troopers not enforce the laws that were on the books decades ago?
      MIKE
      • 2 Years Ago
      desperately needed here in ohio! please please please
        GoSpeedRacerGo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MIKE
        Agree! I live in Michigan, and if there's a slowpoke hogging the left lane, more often than not he has Ohio plates!
      zzzzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      No state needs a law like this more than Virginia.
        Botswana
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zzzzzz
        In the year I spent in Virginia as a consultant I think the biggest problem is overly aggressive police speed traps. People there routinely drove well under the speed limit. Coming from a state like Texas this was maddening. I never yell at people driving the speed limit but people driving UNDER? Maddening. Driving in Virginia for a year was hell.
        Jeff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zzzzzz
        VA already has one.
      ennuisoc
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem is the ambiguity of the 'Slower Traffic Keep Right'. The states would be better off using 'Stay Right Except Pass' and make it unlawful to cruise on the left lane when there are ample opportunities to move into the right lanes. I saw those signs on E470 highway in Denver and was pleased to see the motorists moving to the right out of our way more often... In Germany, there has been lot of issues about the motorists who would just cruise in the middle lanes when there's lot of space on the right lanes on the three-, four-, five-lane Autobahn. That forces some of us to merge into the left lanes just to clear those slowpokes, crowding up the left lane and impacting the flow of traffic.
        JD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ennuisoc
        I can't stand Denver drivers. I can't count how many times I've come up behind left lane travelers, sat there waiting for them to move over one lane where there is ample room, but they keep derping along. Then I flash my brights, and they look in the mirror and shake there head 'no'. And for the Coup de grace, when I go to pass on the right, because i have no other choice, they speed up to race me down the highway. WTF Denver drivers.
      Danielle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unfortunately these laws don't seem to work because police don't seem to care to enforce them. I live in Oregon and drive up to Seattle a good bit. The entire drive is spent in the practically empty right lane blowing by everyone because they are all jammed up in the far left lane because damnit, that's the FAST lane and they deserve to be there even if they are going 10mph under the speed limit!
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the law but I friggin hate Delaware. A small 20 mile stretch of I-95 passes through Delaware and they charge $4 toll in both directions. First of all, I think the toll is too high. They are just taking advantage of the fact that this small segment passes through their state. Secondly and more importantly, it is badly mismanaged. I have often been stuck in traffic for 30 minutes to 2 hours, just to pay the damn toll, and that's after having an EZpass.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        I agree that they should accept the EZPass or some other remote billing procedure. But why is the toll too high? Why not charge drivers what it really costs to built, maintain, patrol and rebuilt highways?
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      On US roads, there are rules but not enough manners and discipline. Lane discipline should be enforced to a certain extent, as should failure to signal when changing lanes in the presence of traffic.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        Err...grammar fail. Failure to signal should be cited, not "enforced."
        bennyking2003
        • 2 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        sad but true, our nation is fill with those whom drives BMWs and Audis whom think they are way too successful to obey the common law that common people obeys.
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