Slow pokes beware: House Bill to keep left lane clear

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- House Bill 459, the slow poke bill passed the house almost unanimously 162 to 9.

If you are driving on a divided highway and don't move into the right lane when a faster car approaches you could get a ticket.

"I think it's a good idea. I really do," said Sgt. Shane McDaniel.

"I think it's a good idea," said Tim Church.

"I think its a great bill and I think they should keep it going," said Gabriel Robidart.

They have the same reaction as members of the Georgia House.
House Bill 459, the slow poke bill passed the house almost unanimously 162 to 9.

If you are driving on a divided highway and don't move into the right lane when a faster car approaches you could get a ticket.

Tim Church has been a truck driver for about 8 months now.
He spends most of his days on the highway and says it's about time something is done.

"As far as being a truck driver there's a lot of times I need to be in that passing lane when I'm going up hills and things like that and if there's another car there it makes my job a little more difficult," said Church.

The question is--how will they enforce it? The bill modifies the impeding traffic law, and like many laws they're going to have to see it to site it.

"A driver intentionally driving 10 miles per hour on Gordon Highway where its 45, 55 mph posted speed limit where it's obstructing the flow of traffic. If you were going to site someone with that particular charge you were going to have to witness that," said Sgt. Shane McDaniel.

"I cant stand it. I mean you have 9 over to play with so do your 9 over and get out of the way," Robidart said.

Left lane lingerers are the catalyst to road rage. Some college students put it to the test by driving 55 miles per hour backing up a busy Atlanta highway.

Furious drivers were going around them on the shoulder, and they got plenty of honks.

One guy says it's just about being polite.

"I don't think people should be penalized for an unwritten rule. Pretty much its just road etiquette to move over to the right lane if you're driving slow," said Alex Williams.

Next stop for the bill is the State Senate. If passed there, it will take effect as soon as July 1.


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