Now this is new – I haven’t seen this law go into effect here in Florida and I wonder if it ever will, especially since we are known for our tourism and for the amount of snowbirds we attract during the winter. Regardless, as a local, I think this law would be beneficial, especially on the highway. We all know how congested the highways get – maybe a law like this would change things….
First Coast News reports that Georgia has a new law that allows drivers who are in the passing lane and driving slow get ticketed for not moving over. The update to the law on impeding traffic went into effect in July, 2014. It says anyone can get a ticket for driving in the fast lane, even if you thought you were obeying the law and driving the speed limit. It also makes you get out of the way of the law-breakers. According to the news agency, in just over nine months, the Georgia State Patrol has written 269 “Slow Poke Law” violations, mostly in the metro area.
The law has been questioned and the reason is this: it is designed to cut down on dangerous, aggressive driving and road rage incidents. The change to the law says a driver has to move out of the far left lane if approached from behind by a vehicle going faster than you. You should move to the right and allow them to pass, even if that driver is speeding.
Troopers say they started with just education, not enforcement, issuing mostly warnings at first.
Even months after the “Slow Poke Law” changed, they do have to explain to most drivers it even exists and why they’re getting a ticket.
“Most of the people I’ve dealt with, for them it was a completely educational experience. They had no idea,” Perry said.