Some lawmakers say it's essential to easing road rage on the highway, but critics question whether motorists should be penalized for driving the posted speed limit.
It always seems to happen when you’re in a hurry, someone in the left-hand lane slowing down traffic and forcing you to pass on the right.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp supported a bill while he was a state representative to crack down on the left-lane slowpokes with the goal of trying to cut the incidents of road rage.
"I think we’re concerned about safety on the roadways, and anything we can do to make the roadways safer, we should do," he said.
Supporters are trying for the third year in a row to get the bill signed into law. Formerly known as the Road Rage Reduction Act, it’s now called the Highway Safety Act. It also stiffens penalties for aggressive careless driving and requires a public awareness campaign.
However, not everyone’s on board with the bill. The slowpoke in the left lane may be aggravating, but he is still following the speed limit.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush actually vetoed the bill in 2005 out of concerns it would punish the wrong people.
Motorist John Russell agrees.
"I think the law sounds kinda stupid. I mean, I think out of courtesy you should pull over, but to get ticketed for going the speed limit does not really seem right."
Lawmakers will have to weigh whether people like us slowing down traffic deserve to be ticketed just like the guy speeding through construction zones.
The new bill would toughen the existing law, which already requires folks to drive in the right-hand lane unless overtaking a slower vehicle or preparing to turn left.
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