[UPDATE] Curbing Road Rage: Getting Slow Drivers Out of Left Lane

By: The News Service of Florida; AP
By: The News Service of Florida; AP

The News Service of Florida - May 3, 2011 -

An effort by Rep. Scott Clemens, D-West Palm Beach, to bring up legislation that would require drivers holding up traffic in the left lane to move over to the slow lane, was run off the road Tuesday. The House was considering a catch-all highway safety bill (SB 1150) with several items related to the Department of Highway of Motor Vehicles, when Clemens tried to introduce the proposal, noting that it passed the House in 2005. Clemens listed the names of several Republicans who voted for it then, including current House Speaker Dean Cannon. But the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, raised a point of order that the language was the part of another bill (HB 177) which has failed to get even one committee hearing this year. Clemens then withdrew the amendment, leaving the left lane requirement appearing unlikely to pass this year.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- April 6, 2011

The Florida Senate has passed a bill aimed at reducing road rage by requiring motorists driving in the far left lane of a multiple lane road or highway to move to the right to let faster vehicles pass them.

The bill (SB 244) that won approval Wednesday would allow police
to ticket violators for aggressive careless driving.

It makes exceptions for such instances as preparing to make a
left turn, driving the speed limit while not impeding the flow of
traffic and traffic conditions that would make moving to the right
dangerous.

The bill passed 37-1 with Sen. Evelyn Lynn, an Ormond Beach
Republican, voting no.

It next goes to the House where a similar bill (HB 177) has been
filed but not yet heard in committee.


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