Indiana Latest To Penalize Slow Left Lane Motorists
For those who despise being stuck behind left lane hogs, days could be short thanks to a handful of states cracking down on slow drivers.
Indiana is the latest to establish fines on motorists who choose to remain in the left lane rather than moving back onto the right to let faster motorists pass by, The Detroit Bureau reports. The fine would be up to $500/ticket for a driver caught driving in the left lane 10 mph under the speed limit.
Georgia, New Jersey, Florida and Michigan are among those with similar policies, with Florida docking three points on a motorist’s license in addition to a monetary fine, and Michigan fining drivers who remain in the left lane after passing; said law is rarely enforced, especially in metropolitan area due to high traffic levels. Overall, a total of 40 states have left lane legislation on the books, with states like Oregon and Ohio planning to join soon.
Critics of such legislation believe penalization of slower left lane drivers would only serve to encourage speeding, while advocates and experts counter by stating encouraging said drivers to remain or return to the right lane leads to greater passing and overall traffic safety. Leaving slow drivers in the left can create situations leading to greater chances of injury and death by forcing faster motorists to pass on the right.
It's nice to see this is a concern finally, but it's a poorly written law, and the fine is too high. I'll routinely go more than 10 under when things are clogged up. I've always thought the law should be "it is illegal to BE passed on the right". If someone can pass you on the right, you're in the wrong lane.
Judging by this photo (the Indiana Alps?), the Hoosier State is a lot more scenic than I realized.
By the way, B&B, that picture is a stock one I recognize from a few articles about left lane laws in the last couple years. Don't think too much into the mountainous terrain in Indiana... at least it isn't a stock photo of tundra wasteland or the Great Pyramid.
I frequently fantasize about rear ending left lane blockers. They are the Bane of my driving existence....better than this would be to restrict semi trucks to the slow lane and to raise passing lane speed limit by 10 mph over the slow lane. Then make the minimum speed the passing lane max. So if the slow lane was 55, make the fast lane legal limit 55 to 65.