More states fine slowpoke drivers who dawdle in left lane

More states fine slowpoke drivers who dawdle in left lane

Speed up or get out of the way.

That’s the message from Indiana lawmakers who have passed a new law that could lead to fines of as much as $500 for slowpokes who refuse to move out of the left lane when traffic piles up behind them.

The Hoosier State becomes one of a handful to specifically target left lane hogs, though the majority of other states have broader laws that allow police to ticket motorists obstructing traffic or who fail to exit the left lane after passing. Lawmakers in Oregon, meanwhile, are expected to put a similar bill onto the books this year.

“When I drive, I pass on the left and then get back to the right,” said Indiana GOP Rep. Judd McMillin, the sponsor of the bill that will go into effect on July 1, just in time for the Independence Day holiday, one of the busiest times of the year on America’s highways.

While the new measure has generated some criticism – skeptics contend it actually will encourage speeders to drive even faster – the Indiana bill also should click with many motorists tired of getting stuck behind a slowpoke in the left lane doing 10 mph under the speed limit.

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