I regularly hear complaints about the political strife in this country. Hard to find agreement among the disagreement. So here’s a topic where we all agree. Why won’t slow drivers get out of the left lane? And why does it always seem when you drive by and look at the driver, they never look at you? Looking straight ahead, Totally focused on the road. What could they be thinking? I am entitled to this lane? I don’t care? Or, isn’t it funny that everyone passing me looks so angry?
What would happen if a legislator introduced a law that fined slow drivers in the left lane up to $10,000, depending on repeated offenses? Wouldn’t that be something? That would be something! OK, no more questions and exclamation points. Instead, here’s some legislators who feel just like you and me. (Richmond.com)
In the Virginia General Assembly, HB 2201 was introduced by Del. Israel O’Quinn, (R-Bristol), and co-sponsored by Democrats Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax, with support from Delegate Margaret Fansone (R-Kindale) That’s what they call bipartisan support. See… like you and me. As Delegate O’Quinn put it,“Left-lane bandits,” have become a “particularly pervasive and ever-growing problem” on Virginia roads.
It is currently against the law to drive under the speed limit in the left lane. It just doesn’t carry any fine or punishment if you break that law; which sounds more like a discouragement than a law.
The House passed the bill this week by a 66-31 vote and it now goes to the Senate. On Wednesday, it just made out of the Senate Transportation Committee on a 12-1 vote. Looks like the front row! (I allowed one more !)
Have a great weekend!