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Should Slow Left-Lane Drivers Be Ticketed?

A proposed state law would prohibit drivers from driving in the left-hand lane of the highway except when passing. Tell us what you think of the proposal.

Drivers later this year may be using the left-hand lanes of Georgia’s highways a little bit less if lawmakers greenlight a bill currently in front of state representatives.

House Bill 459 would amend state code by making it a violation to drive in a controlled-access highway’s left-hand lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle. Driving in the left-hand lane would be OK when no other vehicles are directly behind a vehicle in question.

Other cases where left-lane driving would be acceptable would be when traffic and congestion make it impractical to drive in the right lane, when the right lane is obstructed or blocked, or when weather conditions make left-lane driving necessary. The law also would not apply when drivers are using left-lane exits, toll plazas or lanes such as those requiring Peach Pass.

Law enforcement vehicles, ambulances and other emergency vehicles, as well as those involved in highway maintenance or construction, would be exempt from the law.

If the bill meets the approval of the General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal, it would take effect July 1.

A copy of House Bill 459 is attached to this article.

Should lawmakers pass HB 459 and make it a violation to use a highway’s left-hand lane except for passing?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Haz March 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I completely agree with David, Atlanta metro has some of the worst speeders in the country, they are a hazard! I drive on 400 everyday and see speeders cutting people off and weaving in between lanes often causing accidents. I wish we would increase our fines for speeders, they place everyone's safety in jeopardy.
Greg T March 06, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Haz, that would be an example of going faster than the crowd. Both are hazardous, but we already have laws against reckless drivers?
Getover March 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I have read all these comments and apparently most of you are too young to remember 2 lane highwys. You didn't have a choice but to stay right. All these comments about speeders sounds like left hand drivers are trying to control the road by limiting how fast people drive. That is not for you to decide!! Mind your own business not my speedometer! Speeders will pass you and you can go on with your oblivious life!! So quit being a left hand lane police and just get over!!! Its bad road manners no matter what you think!!
stephen m george jr mpa May 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM
What part of "except when overtaking and passing another vehicle" does the state not understand this law will in reality promote higher speeds and more accidents ...because everyone else is going to be doing at least the speed limit ...!
stephen m george jr mpa May 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM
sounds reasonable ...so why change the law?

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