Georgia drivers are going to face a new law on the Peach State's roads, as a bill aimed at left-lane hogs has received near unanimous approval in the state's House of Representatives, passing 162 to nine.
The bill, colloquially called the "slow-poke" bill but officially known as House Bill 459, makes it a misdemeanor to hold up faster moving traffic by sitting in the inside lane of a freeway. Yes, a misdemeanor. The bill was introduced by Representative Bill Hitchens, a former state trooper.
"My reason for doing this is more for an educational opportunity for people who don't understand you're not supposed to ride 55, 60 mph in that left lane when you've got 15, 16, 17 people lined up behind you," Hitchens told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's website.
According to The Athens Banner-Herald, drivers spotted by police slowing up traffic could face stiff penalties, with up to a $1,000 in fines and 12 months in prison. "I always say it's the manners your momma should have taught you; if someone pulls up behind you, you move to the right and let them by," Hitchens told MyFox Atlanta.
The bill still needs to pass the state senate before it can be signed into law by the governor.