Lawmakers weigh 'slowpoke driver' law

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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