New Bill Would Ticket Floridians for Driving Slowly in the Left Lane

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Sorry snow birds, the Florida Senate is mulling whether to pass a law that would directly target one of your worst driving habits. A part of a new bill would make driving slow in the left lane a ticketable offense, meaning going 50 in the left lane on the interstate could have bigger ramifications that just your fellow drivers flicking you off.

According to the Tampa Tribune, the measure is part of a larger 173-page bill that updates a number of obscure transportation-related laws. Sen. Jeff Clemons (D-Lake Worth) added the left lane provision. If passed, it would be illegal for anyone to travel in the left lane on any road with more than two lanes unless they were passing slower traffic. Drivers would be required to move to the right if a faster driver is coming up behind them. Drivers preparing to make left turns on those on lightly trafficked roads wouldn't be targeted.

"We cause all kinds of traffic issues when the left lane is going slower than others," Clemmons told the paper. "We force people to weave in and out of traffic to the right. Many states have laws that say if someone's approaching you from behind, you should move over to the right."

Clemmons says, however, that the idea is less about having police actually write up more tickets and more about creating awareness that slow drivers should stick to the right.

Of course, if you don't know that by now, we're not entirely sure how you have a driver's license.

The bill is still working its way through the Senate and, if passed, will eventually need to be reconciled with the House version. So there's no telling if this particular measure will actually make it into the final version.

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Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

Alleluia! Alleluia Alllelluuuiiiaaaa! I get so sick of those assholes causing accidents because they won't move over! Worst accident I ever saw was on I-75 North some douche doing 35 MPH in the left lane caused a tractor trailer doing the registered speed limit to jackknife to keep from hitting his stupid ass! WE NEED TO PASS THIS LAW QUICKLY

Lener Castro
Lener Castro

Interesting proposal, it definitely would make traveling much easier. A few instances when I've driven on I-75 to visit family in Tampa, I've found myself having to weave from left to right due to a person going BELOW 50 mph and the frustrating part is that the car in front of them is perhaps a good half mile ahead. They should also consider making it illegal to answer phones through the handset, similar to what New York, California and a few other states have implemented. Apparently, many people down here in Miami can't miulti-task and can't drive while having the phone to their ear. They should make it where if you're driving and want to speak on the phone you'll have to do so through a bluetooth device, you phone's earphones, or the bluetooth technology in your car, otherwise, fine drivers. Make it a hands free law, same goes with texting.

Indira Dayanna
Indira Dayanna

Tickets, oh yes I was pro-se prodigy direct only from or for the Prosecutors office thanks to the CIA Director now. Too bad to hear about US Army General Petraus, again from 2008. Let me see, there is the fact they use discretion of they just don't like you, starts off with feelings then comes off with not reciprocated and they just don't like you rather to focus on the protocol of law against the crime, which based on jurisdiction don't their abuses or obstructions which lead to lewd other felonies constitute my jurisprudence. I am not asking, just let me out.

Jeremy Alvarez
Jeremy Alvarez

maybe they should concern themselves more with lowering that hit n run rate Miami is so notorious for

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Define slow though, a complete stop to 10 mph in Doral, Hialeah & Miami Lakes, but the excuse is traffic ? I don't empower that. Get off your phones and drive, that phone call is your personal issue, not the rest of ours. Stop tailgating and go to your destinations as expeditiously as possible. Drowsy ? Go to sleep earlier ? I would expect 40 mph minimum, but then again not my choice when tailgaters hit the big bend and slam on their brakes. All it takes is one poacher to crawl, looking to cut those that have been in the other lanes waiting their turn to exit the Palmetto. Those folks know who they are. I go end to end on the Palmetto, NE Golden Glades to S US1, I have no reason to ever hit my brakes or go anything appreciably less than the speed limit. The model is the express toll lanes on I-95, tolls are unnecessary, just need to drill the poachers & tailgaters hard for trying to cut fellow motorists that have waited their turn(s) in line. 2 second rule on a gorgeous day, add another second for every poor driving condition. The one at the front needs to go, otherwise they bottleneck or block it for every one else.

cubansuga16
cubansuga16

This is awesome!! Especially in Miami where I don't know where people get their licenses!

Jay Reeve
Jay Reeve

Give tickets to people who don't use turn signals, ever!

Tomas Ayala
Tomas Ayala

Good, the left lane is for fast or at speed drivers not slow sloths.

Constanza Maute
Constanza Maute

Finally!! Catching up to the driving mentality of civilized nations

Alex Rosales
Alex Rosales

I personally move out of the left-lane if it appears that someone behind me is in a hurry (and they usually indicate this by inching towards you). However, I don't a feel a law like this is necessary or appropriate. All it does is increase police powers. If one is going 55+ m.p.h., even if it's on the left-lane, they shouldn't be ticketed. They are following the speed limit. I do, however, think it should be included in driving curricula that those who will go 55-64 on the highway that they should move to the right lane. We have to encourage this culturally, not punitively.

Luisy VWater
Luisy VWater

its about time!!! WARN TOURISTS TOO!!!! :s

Steven S Wells
Steven S Wells

Whatever happened to all the road signs that said; "Slow Traffic Keep Right" ??? It's common sense in the rest of the country. Just not in south Florida.

Ezekiel Angulo
Ezekiel Angulo

Next step is to implement annual driving exams for those over 65.

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