Lawmakers weigh 'slowpoke driver' law

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 9:59 AM
Last updated 8:03 PM
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ATLANTA — Slowpokes, beware!

Legislation introduced in the Georgia Legislature would make it illegal to linger in what’s supposed to be the fast lane.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, state Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, on Monday introduced House Bill 459, which would make it illegal to drive in the left lane except for overtaking and passing another vehicle. The new measure would only apply if another car is trying to get by.

If busted, the offender could be ticketed for impeding traffic flow.

Hitchens, a former head of the state Department of Public Safety, wants to make it illegal, essentially, to drive in the left lane on all controlled access highways at all, except:

When passing another vehicle.

When no other vehicle is directly behind the vehicle in the left lane.

When traffic make it impractical to drive in the right lane.

When weather conditions make it necessary to drive in the left lane.

When obstructions or hazards exist in the right lane.

When a vehicle changes lanes to comply with other laws.

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Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 02/27/13 - 09:08 am
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The point that everyone

The point that everyone overlooks is that no one should be traveling faster than the posted speed limit. If someone is driving in the left lane, traveling at the speed limit, there shouldn't be anyone traveling faster. The whole "get out of my way, I'm flying" thing is a moot point. It isn't a free pass to break the law.

But then again, we live in a selfish, self-centered society that promotes love of self over the good of the many. It's a sad commentary on the state of our culture.

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 02/27/13 - 09:12 am
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Slowpokes in the "slow lane"

Bobby Jones Expressway for some unknown reason is posted at 55 mph. It can support higher speeds as evidenced by the part in South Carolina that allows 65 mph. But that is not the point here. What exactly is the "SLOW LANE?" The law state you may pass another vehicle only if you do not exceed the speed limit to do so. So if somebody is doing 54 in the right lane you may pass him legally as long as you do not exceed 55 mph. The speed limit is not an absolute. It is the maximum speed you are allowed to attain on that particular road. Accelerating to 65 to pass the "slowpoke" doing 55 is wrong and can get you a hefty ticket.

karradur
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karradur 02/27/13 - 10:42 am
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I'm glad to see government

I'm glad to see government isn't interfering in our daily lives.

Jake
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Jake 02/27/13 - 11:10 am
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Hmmm......

Why not travel the speed limit in the left lane going in the OPPOSITE direction? Wait, that was tried recently with disasterous results.

A Measured Response
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A Measured Response 02/27/13 - 12:59 pm
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Casting_Fool is Right

My argument entirely...if you're doing the limit in the left lane, there won't be non-emergent traffic behind you, needing to get by. It is funny that the original sponsor of the bill used to head up the State Patrol--how disingenuous to say others need to move over so arrogant folks can speed.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 02/27/13 - 01:15 pm
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OK then....
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"Hitchens, a former head of the state Department of Public Safety, wants to make it illegal, essentially, to drive in the left lane on all controlled access highways at all, except:

When passing another vehicle.
When no other vehicle is directly behind the vehicle in the left lane.
When traffic make it impractical to drive in the right lane.
When weather conditions make it necessary to drive in the left lane.
When obstructions or hazards exist in the right lane.
When a vehicle changes lanes to comply with other laws."

So "by law" there should just be one lane of cars doing the speed limit in the right lane...correct?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/27/13 - 05:18 pm
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Casting_fool...

Casting_fool...I didn't overlook that no one should be exceeding the speed limits, I covered that in my comment, with the exception of emergency vehicles.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/27/13 - 08:00 pm
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This law, unfortunately

will not deal with the jerks who think they should preach at and regulate the behavior of people doing something they don't like.

I don't know why people don't mind their own dang business, do what they think is right and leave everybody the heck alone. How about pursuing some peace instead of forcing yourself and your way on total strangers?

There's some real poor self-image floating around looking for somebody to get it over on. Pitiful. And sometimes really dangerous.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 03/01/13 - 01:11 am
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Fist_Lux wrote: "will not

Fist_Lux wrote:

"will not deal with the jerks who think they should preach at and regulate the behavior of people doing something they don't like"

So if I'm minding my own business, driving at the posted speed limit, I'm a jerk because I won't get out of the way of someone breaking the law by driving 15 to 20 mph faster than the speed limit?

If that's the case, then maybe I shouldn't carry a legally concealed weapon. I might accidentally shoot someone attacking me. After all, the law is only a suggestion and not a binding contract on all citizens. The poor guy attacking me was just doing something I personally don't like.

On the other hand, the traffic laws are in place to allow everyone to use the roads in safety, just like the laws that govern carrying a concealed weapon allow a person to carry, yet provide safeguards for the general public.

Speed limits are set at the speed that allows the safest travel under ideal conditions. My vehicle weighs over 5000 lbs., that's over 2 tons of steel that can kill just as readily as a bullet under the wrong circumstances.

When someone drives faster than the posted speed limit, they violate the rights of others to travel in safety. They put others in danger. It's a wonder that no one seems to equate this sort of attitude with the decline of our culture.

You could take Fiat_Lux's entire post and apply it to speeders instead of the folks who drive at the posted speed limit.

You have to wonder who the really dangerous drivers are.

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