Georgia Gen. Assembly Is Ready to Ticket ‘Slow’ Drivers
Matt | On 13, Mar 2014
As a Georgia driver, I do not think anything has made me smile as much as the latest news coming from the state’s General Assembly.
On Tuesday, the Georgia Senate passed the state’s “Slow Poke” law. It was sent off to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature into law. Surprisingly, the bill received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
If signed, the new law would make it a misdemeanor to travel in the left (passing) lane on state highways or interstates and not move over when faster cars approach from behind.
We have all been in this annoying situation. You are in a hurry and drive in the fast lane only to approach a car doing 40 MPH in a 60 MPH speed limit zone. To teach you a “lesson,” the slow driver purposely will not get over to the right lane because they do not want to be bullied by other drivers. Usually, it is an older or really evil person who takes pleasure in holding others up.
Authorities figure that holding up other drivers is a quick way to get road rage started. It can also be a liability because as drivers have to navigate around more (slow) obstacles it increases the chance of accidents. Speeding is still quite dangerous, as we all know. But also holding up an entire freeway is not a great idea either.
This will be hard to enforce. I am still glad, however, that it will be on the books once it is signed by the governor.