Some slow drivers are drawn to the left lane out of fear, unnerved by all the lane changing that takes place on the right side of the highways. They feel safer on the left. Others are self-styled law enforcers. They don't like speeders, and they believe that by driving at or below the speed limit in the left lane, they can force everyone behind them to comply. Then there are the self-consumed motorists who aren't paying attention to traffic flow and don't realize they're in the way until someone points it out to them -- often with an unfriendly gesture.

Whatever the reasons, left-lane slowpokes are despised by other drivers, traffic studies show. Driving slowly in the left lane is one of the most common ways to become involved in a road-rage incident. And there is growing sentiment nationwide that more should be done by police and traffic planners to force slower traffic to the right...

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Should it be against the law to drive slowly in the passing lane?
Some slow drivers are drawn to the left lane out of fear, unnerved by all the lane changing that takes place on the right side of the highways. They feel safer on the left. Others are self-styled law enforcers. They don`t like speeders, and they believe that by driving at or below the speed limit in the left lane, they can force everyone behind them to comply. Then there are the self-consumed motorists who aren`t paying attention to traffic flow and don`t realize they`re in the way until someone points it out to them -- often with an unfriendly gesture.

Whatever the reasons, left-lane slowpokes are despised by other drivers, traffic studies show. Driving slowly in the left lane is one of the most common ways to become involved in a road-rage incident. And there is growing sentiment nationwide that more should be done by police and traffic planners to force slower traffic to the right...

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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/03 - 3:35:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I hate it when I'm doing 80 in a 65 an some jerk is in my way!!
19 yrs ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 1:46:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Maryland has some legislation up now that would make it illegal to do so.
19 yrs ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 1:47:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
YES, oh god YES!! Is there a petition I can sign somewhere??
19 yrs ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 1:53:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
YES!! There is no reason, absolutely none, to be in the left lane and driving slowly. The gas pedal can go down further, you can quickly pass someone and get back in the right lane and slow down. NO REASON. Just talking about this makes me so mad.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/20/03 - 11:10:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
In California it is against the law to drive so slow that it is not safe. It is also the law that if you are driving so slow that 5 cars cluster behind you, you are required to pull over and let them pass.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/20/03 - 12:35:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ooh that's a nice law Monad! Here you just have to be going above 40 MPH on interstates to not be pulled over for going too slow. NIGHTMARE!! If you aren't driving above the speed limit you don't need to be in the fast lane :P
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/20/03 - 12:52:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've wondered why VA drivers love to hang out in the left lane...those reasons make sense. I still get annoyed at said slowpokes in the left lane, I was always taught to drive in the right lane unless you're passing. I've also discovered that in MD, jackasses PARK IN THE RIGHT LANE. This is highly inconvenient to those of us trying to go somewhere.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/8/03 - 12:25:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Here in Washington state it is illegal to delay 5 or more vehicles. You can get a ticket for it.But in some places it is also illegal to use the left hand lane except to pass.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/13/03 - 6:45:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes! I agree with everyone who has posted so far.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/21/03 - 10:32:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely. Get your pokey a$$ out of the way!!!
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/14/03 - 10:21:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
jarhead, I live in Washington as well, and didn't know that! Very interesting.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/14/03 - 11:20:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's against the law here. There are reminder signs every few kilometers on the freeways "Keep left unless overtaking." (Remember, we drive on the left, so the right lane is the passing lane.) The police don't enforce it very well, so slowpokes end up blocking the passing lane anyway.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 9:07:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/26/03 - 9:09:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
On US interstate highways, you are supposed to keep right unless passing another vehicle, but nobody pays any attention to that law.
18 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 10/3/03 - 8:19:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
YES!!!!!! i hate gettin' stuck behind sum idiot going 30 in the fackin' fast lane! i just wanna pull them outta car .. and well um err ill keep that to myself. sorry :/ i hate it!
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/15/04 - 11:26:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, and it should also be against the law for 18 wheelers to be in the fast lane because they end up slowing everyone down
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/16/04 - 1:31:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Left lane should be passing only. If they are going 65 in the left lane, they better be passing someone going 60 or slower.

I hate people that drive next to each other for miles at the same speed. The state here will increase the lanes to 5. I think it will solve this problem, but NO. Some idiots, 5 of them ride next to each other going 65.

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/16/04 - 1:36:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yep, this is a major cause of road rage...or at least MY rage.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/16/04 - 1:37:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
as far as I know, it IS illegal in New York State. People get tickets for it



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