Report: Georgia law goes after left-lane lingerers, we cheer

Slowing Down

Georgia drivers are going to encounter a new law on the Peach State’;s roads, as a bill aimed at left-lane hogs has obtained near unanimous approval in the state’;s House of Representatives, passing 162 to 9.

The bill, colloquially called the “slow-poke” bill but officially identified as House Bill 459, can make it a misdemeanor to hold up more quickly moving targeted traffic by sitting in the inside lane of a freeway. Yes, a misdemeanor. The bill was introduced by Representative Bill Hitchens, a former state trooper.

“My reason for undertaking this is much more for an educational chance for folks who do not recognize you’;re not supposed to ride 55, 60 mph in that left lane when you’;ve got 15, 16, 17 people lined up behind you,” Hitchens told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s website.

In accordance to The Athens Banner-Herald, drivers spotted by police slowing up traffic could face stiff penalties, with up to a $ 1,000 in fines and twelve months in prison. “I constantly say it truly is the manners your momma must have taught you if someone pulls up behind you, you move to the proper and let them by,” Hitchens told MyFox Atlanta.

The bill nonetheless wants to pass the state senate just before it can be signed into law by the governor.

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