New Bill Would Ticket Floridians for Driving Slowly in the Left Lane

Sorry snow birds, the Florida Senate is mulling whether to pass a law that would directly target one of your worst driving habits. A part of a new bill would make driving slow in the left lane a ticketable offense, meaning going 50 in the left lane on the interstate could have bigger ramifications that just your fellow drivers flicking you off.

According to the Tampa Tribune, the measure is part of a larger 173-page bill that updates a number of obscure transportation-related laws. Sen. Jeff Clemons (D-Lake Worth) added the left lane provision. If passed, it would be illegal for anyone to travel in the left lane on any road with more than two lanes unless they were passing slower traffic. Drivers would be required to move to the right if a faster driver is coming up behind them. Drivers preparing to make left turns on those on lightly trafficked roads wouldn't be targeted.

"We cause all kinds of traffic issues when the left lane is going slower than others," Clemmons told the paper. "We force people to weave in and out of traffic to the right. Many states have laws that say if someone's approaching you from behind, you should move over to the right."

Clemmons says, however, that the idea is less about having police actually write up more tickets and more about creating awareness that slow drivers should stick to the right.

Of course, if you don't know that by now, we're not entirely sure how you have a driver's license.

The bill is still working its way through the Senate and, if passed, will eventually need to be reconciled with the House version. So there's no telling if this particular measure will actually make it into the final version.

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Kyle Munzenrieder