Will it become illegal to drive slow in the fast lane? In Florida it might
How many times have you cursed at drivers crawling along in the fast lane, way below the posted speed limit? It must be one of the most frustrating circumstances you can encounter when driving, not to mention the innate dangers it presents. If there’s ever a situation that could provoke road rage, it’s being held up by an ignorant motorist, pointlessly blocking the passing lane. But if you live in Florida, this issue could potentially be solved, as the Florida House and Senate have passed a bill that would make it illegal to drive slowly in the fast lane.
The so-called “road rage” bill is reportedly years in the making, and it was pushed through, in part, by Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg: “I think it’s going to make us a little bit safer,” Brandes predicts.Honestly, this is nothing new. New Hampshire has had "speed minimums" for a long time - although in NH it's 20 MPH under the posted speed limit on the highway. Do they need a new law? I'm guessing there's no "keep right except to pass" regulation on the books - that might take care of things on its own. I'm also certain that there are other traffic regulations that could be used in place of this - impeding the flow of traffic, creating a nuisance, etc. - but to see it called out specifically means they're targeting those that slow down traffic excessively just as they target those that drive too fast.
From the perspective of someone who rides a motorcycle, this is great news. I'm always nervous when there's a clog in the fast lane, because watching a large SUV roar up on my rear wheel is not high on my list of "things I want to see in my rear view mirrors". I'd prefer to see this more of a measure intended to make people think about not squatting in the passing lane than a revenue-generation tool - but then again, if you're habitually sitting in the passing lane going 10 under the speed limit when there's no one in the right lane, you deserve a ticket.
Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the way...
That is all.