Florida Lawmakers Consider Road Rage Reduction Bill

Motorists who drive the speed limit in the left-hand lane of the interstate could soon be breaking the law. Those drivers could be ticketed if they don't move over for those who want to go faster.

The governor vetoed the bill last year, but it may reach his desk again. The cruise control is on 70, the posted speed limit. We’re in the left hand lane, and car after car, at least one a mile, shoots past us.

Of vote after January next year it could be the speed abiding motorist who is ticketed for not pulling into the right lane.

Labeled the road rage reduction act, the legislation easily cleared a powerful committee. Outside in the Capitol courtyard, motorcycle enthusiasts were reading the names of more than 400 cyclists who died last year.

Spokesman Doc Reichenbach says anything to curb rage on the road ways is a good thing.

“I myself, personally, have been run off the road more than once. More than once. Oh, absolutely intentionally. You don’t know how many times that middle finger goes up to you and then they run you off the road.”

Last year Jeb Bush vetoed similar legislation, saying he couldn’t justify giving tickets to people who were obeying the speed limit.

In an effort to win the governor’s approval this year, the legislation has been changed to include a better definition of road rage.

The road rage bill would take effect July 1 if approved by the Legislature, but there would be a six-month grace period to spread the word about the new law. After that, an infraction would slap four points on your license.


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