Augusta, GA -
Those who like to linger in the left lane on highways and interstates may soon get a wake-up call. A new state bill would require all drivers to move over to the right lane if a faster vehicle is behind them.
Whether you are going the speed limit or not, you could be ticketed for not moving over to the right lane if someone is going faster than you. This bill passed the State House Wednesday and is designed to help the flow of traffic and make the roads safer, but it could cost you a lot more.
Cruising in the left lane—going the speed limit. This driver was approached by a faster car, and when he didn’t pull over to the right lane, the road rage began.
This incident happened in January on Highway 56 in Richmond County, and now a state bill is proposed to stop cases, like this, from happening.
“I think it could be a hazard to go to slow in the fast lane,” said Steve Powell.
“I do get really irritated when people are going slow in the left lane,” said Brett Ryabik
While there are some that support this bill, there are those who say it doesn’t make sense.
“That wouldn’t work, you would actually cause more congestion, and it would be more dangerous,” said Kevin Monahan.
House Bill 459 passed on Wednesday 162-9. If signed into law, drivers on interstates and highways would get a misdemeanor for not moving over to the right lane when a faster car approaches from behind.
Lt. Ramone Lamkin at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said he’s a big supporter of the bill.
“I think it would benefit the state patrol and the people that work on the interstates because on those two lane interstates, you do have a lot of people that are riding in the left lane and slowing the flow of traffic that could be a potential hazard,” said Lamkin.
Lamkin said this bill would make driving safer, and help stop road rage cases like the one on Highway 56.
“I know a lot of drivers that say, oh well if I’m going the speed limit, I shouldn’t have to move over, but it’s just about being courteous. You need to be courteous to the driver behind you because you never know what may happen,” said Lamkin.