Friday, May 10, 2013

I Wholeheartedly Support This Measure...

Joseph in IL sent this in. I hope this is a trend that will sweep the nation...

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.

16 comments:

joethefatman said...

Texas has a "Keep Right Except To Pass" law. It somehow seems to never be enforced though. We also have impeding traffic rules. They also never seem to get enforced.

Anonymous said...

The law should allow me to use the PIT maneuver on folks driving 10 under the speed limit while talking on the phone in the left lane.

Anything else is slavery! (tongue in cheek)

Gerry

Farmgirl said...

Colorado has keep right except to pass. I have seen it enforced, but never in city traffic, only out on the highway.

So, while it is of some use in keeping people from squatting in the fast lane, it's not really making a difference where it seems to be the biggest problem.

NotDilbert said...

Just yesterday I was behind a Toyota Pry-us on Rt 2 after Alwife going up the hill thru Lexinton where the road opens up to 4 lanes from 2. Since they also had a Coexist sticker and a row of Cambridge I just knew he would be a problem. 3 empty lanes to the right and he flat refused to move over.

..... we have a "keep right law" for all the good it does.

Anonymous said...

Out here, the main impediments to traffic flow are Lexuses, Mercedes, and BMW's.

Priuses don't typically block the Nissan Pathfinder I drive.

Joseph in IL

Stretch said...

The Smarter Half is from Florida.
She taught me the following:
NEVER trust turn signals. Particularly if driver has gray hair ... or if head of driver not visible above headrest.
If head visible watch where head is turned in lieu of flashing signals.
That advice saved me from at least 2 collisions.

TigerStripe said...

Another Texan here to confirm that the laws exist in TX but are not enforced. I honestly don't know why they don't extract random taxation from those who break these laws because they do (collect random taxation) for many other traffic violations. TS

Old NFO said...

Yep, enforcement is a problem US wide... and it SHOULD be enforced, dammit! They keep holding those of us up that are trying to make time...

Of course the old 18 wheeler on the back bumper trick usually moves those Priuses right over... :-)

David said...

Last weekend I was driving down to San Diego - four lane interstate highway. I was in the number 2 lane (second from the median) I was near the front of a pack of cars that was traveling about 75 mph with some open highway out in front of us. As we came over a large hill right in front of us in the number two lane was a sedan with its blinkers on going 25 mph. This moron was making no effort what so ever to get over to the shoulder or the slow lane.

Several of us slammed on our brakes and swerved around the idiot. As we shot down the hill past the slow car I looked in my rear view mirror. I saw the group cars that I had been driving in all pass the car, leaving it again alone on this wide highway and still the idiot driving it made no attempt to move over the the shoulder or slow lane.

Ygolonac said...

In Washington State, not only do we have "don't camp the fast lane", but we also have "pull over if you're impeding five or more vehicles by driving too slow".

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.427

I'd personally rather see "stop driving stupid", because about 70% of traffic would disappear...

Mrs. Widget said...

As a person who drives the speed limit in a large town. Look the speed limit is the fastest you are supposed to drive under optimal conditions. "its not a suggestion" And if all you speed demons would quit passing me on the right...I'd happily pull over to the right lane to let you go...where ever you think you need to be in such an all fired hurry.

Angus McThag said...

This is really a swing and a miss.

The overwhelming problem is three wide and five under.

The only people locally I see ten under are trucks who are going light to light and can't get up to the limit (or stop in time if they do) and (newish) bikers without head gear who've discovered just how much the wind can hurt your ears and generally batter you. Gotta love the guy on the crotch rocket being flayed by his tee shirt at 60 or so. Genuine welts!

abnormalist said...

Have you ever driven in Florida? Dear god out of all the states I've driven through thats the one where I had the most troubles with horrible drivers.

Honestly I think everyone there should be forced to do hard time in traffic in Detroit for six months (ideally during the winter) and anyone who survives can go back.

I'd bet 30% would be intentionally killed by other drivers, 30% would die on their own (single car accidents seem to be popular with Florida drivers), and hopefully the remaining 40% will learn what they are doing.

Cormac said...

I, personally, have a "pull in front of the prick, hit my hazards, and slow until he moves into the appropriate lane" policy.

Only applied when the roads are clear enough, of course.

Anonymous said...

I live in small-town Iowa. We had an old boy (dead now) who never drove more than 25 mph, in the city, or on the 2-lane highways. A friend with an old truck pulled up behind, made contact and proceeded to push him at about 50 mph for a mile. When he backed off, the old boy slowed back to 25 and kept going as if nothing had happened. Maybe you really can't teach some people.

SewerDweller said...

There's another slight problem with getting all pissed off at people in the fast lane going slow. Some of us are -stuck- in the lane, because people are passing us in a steady stream on the right, at 10-20mph faster than we are, making it effectively impossible to get -out- of the fast lane. I've sat in the fast lane, doing the speed limit, with my turn signal on, crowding the edge of the lane, trying to get out of the way, for ten minutes at a time. as retards blast past me on the right, at speed limit plus twenty.

just something to consider.