North Carolina Drivers Could Soon Be Fined $200 For Driving Too Slow In The Left Lane

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i77 toll lanesA new North Carolina bill has just been filed that would fine people for driving too slow in the passing lane.

Senate Bill 303 would issue a $200 fine to drivers who are caught driving below the speed limit or “impeding the flow of traffic” in the left lane of any highway in the state – unless the driver is actively passing another car or preparing for a left turn.

It specifically defines “impeding the flow of traffic” as when “the person knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken from the rear by a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.”

The new potential law is being co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Tom McInnis of Rockingham and Jim Davis of Macon County.

North Carolina does already requires slower vehicles to keep right, but our state doesn’t yet spell out specific penalties. If the bill passes, the state would join at least five other states that fine people for driving too slow in passing lanes, according to PBS Newshour.

If it is passed, the new law would go into effect on December 1, 2017.

What do you think about the new bill? Do you think people should be fined for driving slow in the left lane?

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  1. No Robbie, you can’t sit where you want.
    The signs say, SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT. Thus, if traffic is exceeding the limit and you are going SLOWER, then you need to KEEP FIGHT for the other drivers, I don’t care if you pay taxes. If for some reason one is moving faster than you, then kindly get out of the lane, unless you are passing!
    I’m originally from Canada and we understand this, I fear some of the population can’t read the sign SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT or KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS.
    It’s not rocket science people.

  2. Listen here’s the deal….left lane is for passing, always has been, always will be. Look at it like this. If you are on a two lane road,which lane do you drive in…….the right correct? Lets say you’re driving along a two lane road and come up on something moving slower than your speed of travel, (speed limit doesn’t matter, could be a tractor, moped, horse, etc). You want to pass. So you get a break in oncoming traffic and you move out into the left lane to pass. Do you move slower, faster, or the same speed as the vehicle you are over taking?…..Faster correct? ( mind you, you are in the left lane and two vehicles are going the same direction). So once you’ve overtaken the slower moving vehicle, do you continue to drive in the left hand lane or or do you move back to the right? (Remember it’s a two lane road)…I’m betting you get back over to the right because you don’t want to cause a head on accident. The same rules apply to multiple lane highways. If you don’t get over after you pass, or because you’re just riding in a lane that you’re not suppose to be in, you can use accident. The only difference is its behind you.

    There are no driving insteuction

    • Listen here’s the deal….left lane is for passing, always has been, always will be.

      Look at it like this. If you are on a two lane road, which lane do you drive in…….the right correct?

      Lets say you’re driving along a two lane road and come up on something moving slower than your speed of travel, (speed limit doesn’t matter, could be a tractor, moped, horse, etc). You want to pass. So you get a break in oncoming traffic and you move out into the left lane to pass.

      Do you move slower, faster, or the same speed as the vehicle you are over taking?…..Faster correct? ( mind you, you are in the left lane and two vehicles are going the same direction).

      So once you’ve overtaken the slower moving vehicle, do you continue to drive in the left hand lane or or do you move back to the right? (Remember it’s a two lane road)…I’m betting you get back over to the right because you don’t want to cause a head on accident.

      The same rules apply to multiple lane highways. If you don’t get over after you pass, or because you’re just riding in a lane that you’re not suppose to be in, you can cause accident. The only difference is its behind you.

      There are no driving books, instructors, etc that say it is okay to ride along at your own pace in the passing lane. Not one. Those of you that do, have devised this idea that is okay, and you can’t be bothered to remember the rules of the road and dont remember what you were taught in drivers ED.

  3. Personally, I think even discussing this subject is a stupid waste of time and energy. But I am as passionate against it, as most are passionate for it. If everybody drives in the right lane, to me, THAT is impeding traffic. I feel that there are two lanes on a road, therefore people should drive in whatever lane they want to drive in. If you want to drive faster than the one ahead of you, then get in the other lane. What friggin difference does it make what lane anybody is in? The argument often presented to me is safety. No…sorry, but there are about a zillion more car wrecks from people speeding, than people driving in a particular lane on a road. There are far more important things to worry about than what lane people are driving in. But I know, from previous ridiculously heated conversations with those who want to eliminate from existing, all of us who feel this way, that this is a sore subject.