ATLANTA -- Legislation to fine poky lane hogs is speeding along with a firm push today from the House after a quick debate.
The House voted 129-29 in just seven minutes to pass and send to the Senate a bill that would set a minimum fine of $75 for any motorist driving less than the speed limit in the left lane who refuses to pull to the right when a faster vehicle approaches.
Rep. Mark Butler, R-Carrollton, said he introduced House Bill 1047 to smooth the flow of traffic and address a common frustration.
Hogging the left lane at slower speeds is already against the law, but state officials say they don't track traffic tickets in a way that allows them to report how many tickets for it are written each year.
Neither the existing law nor Butler's bill would affect drivers who are maintaining the speed limit. Butler said he wouldn't encourage anyone to exceed the speed limit.