Originally created 04/03/02

Maximum speed limits apply to drivers in left lanes, too

In his March 22 letter, Steve North does a wonderful job of quoting Georgia's traffic laws concerning the speed limit on multi-lane highways. His interpretation of the law, however, leaves a lot to be desired.

I do not believe that the law allows for drivers in the left lane to drive or pass at speeds that excessively exceed the posted limits. If so, does it mean that a vehicle traveling in the left lane at 80 mph should be shoved over by a vehicle approaching from behind at 90 mph?

According to Mr. North's logic, as long as you are driving faster than anyone else, you have the right to a clear left lane. If that is the case, there would be no speed limit for the left lane.

Too often, I have been driving in the left lane - 5 to 10 mph over the speed limit, passing slower vehicles - and experience the grisly sight of a truck grill in my mirror that seemed to be in my back seat.

The impatient driver, blinking his lights behind you and demanding that you move over, is also quite annoying. Many times, I have shifted to the right lane, only to have such a driver pass and immediately move directly in front of me, forfeiting an open left lane. What must he be thinking?

I feel that state troopers will remind you that the speed limit pertains to all lanes. The right lane is indeed for slower traffic, those who choose to drive below the speed limit - not necessarily below the minimum, as Mr. North states.

The left lane should be for motorists who drive "slightly" above the speed limit - not for those seeking unlimited speed.

Gene Walker, Thomson, Ga.

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