Troopers warn drivers the 'slowpoke' law is in effect

News 12 at 6 o' clock/ July 29, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been about a month since Georgia's 'Slowpoke Law' went into effect.

The new law means slow drivers in the left lane on a Georgia highway, interstate, or expressway can't linger there. If a faster car approaches them, they have to move to the right lane.

With I-20 running through our area, troopers say they've already pulled over more than a few 'slow pokes.' But, right now, the 'Slowpoke Law' is so new, many drivers aren't even aware they're breaking any rules.

Trooper First Class Chris Neiehus pulled over one violator, asking him, "You're familiar with the new 'slowpoke' law that's out right?" The driver replied, "No. Never heard of it."

"It says that if vehicles are coming up behind you, and they want to overtake you, you're to move over to the right lane," Neiehus told the driver.

Troopers state wide have only passed out 27 citations since the new law went into effect July 1. They say they're still just trying to let drivers know the law exists.

"We're just educating people on this law today. A lot of people don't know about it, so we're educating them, and making sure they keep up with the laws while they're driving in the state of Georgia," Neiehus said.

There are exceptions to the rule, though. For instance, if there's a left turn lane ahead, or hazards in the roadway, you won't be ticketed. And, if you're passing cars in the left lane, that's fine too.

For all of you speed demons out there, just because drivers have to get out of your way, doesn't mean you're getting a free pass.

"That does not negate the fact that if the vehicle exceeds the speed limit, they can get stopped and get a ticket," Neiehus said.

Troopers say the rule is about common sense. Just be a courteous driver.

"Just be aware that if cars are overtaking you to the right, the first opportunity you get to move to the left lane, let's do that," Neiehus said.




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