The law was primarily introduced to educate motorists.
Its not the speed on the highway that kills as much the weaving in and out of traffic, which is caused by people who impede the flow of traffic, the bills sponsor, State Representative Dan Howell, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press earlier this year.
The so-called slowpoke laws are not aimed at penalizing slower drivers for simply using the left lane, but rather discouraging them from staying there.
The following month, the legislation was passed by the Senate by a vote of 42-5.Howell's bill whizzed through House subcommittees and full committees.Anyone who violates the law faces a fine of not more than 1,000 and can be jailed for up to one year.He cited statistics saying weaving drivers increase accident rates by as much as 8 percent.Dan Howell, photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.Howell said the idea is that motorists in a passing lane cannot impede the flow of traffic."We really don't have any concerns about.Floridas law makes no explicit mention of speed, but it requires drivers to move to the right if they should reasonably know that a faster car is coming.We see that congestion is a problem on our interstates.Whether or not that is the case, accidents persist as a problem nationwide: The rate of motor vehicle crash deaths in the United States is more than twice the average of other high-income countries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday.The General Assembly is filled with lawmakers who cope with Tennessee roads and drivers during their weekly commutes to and from the state Capitol in Nashville.
David Alexander, R-Winchester, who supports the bill, joking that "it seems like Rep.
In Georgia, any driver traveling below the speed limit and blocking at least one car must move aside.
Camper may be one of those slowpokes that we're talking about.".Was already the norm in many urban areas, states had previously allowed drivers on rural roads to go as fast as 65 to.p.h.Asked how well Georgia's 2014 slowpoke law is working, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said Friday the agency didn't have the number of citations at hand.Did not address slowpoke drivers, it did offer some simple advice for reducing accidents: Wear seatbelts, drive sober and without distractions and, of course, obey the speed limit.The motorists association argued that this change emboldened slow drivers who began enjoying more of the road than before as they found the new limits more in line with their slow speeds.In two-thirds of states, according to the insurance institute.The slowpoke law would not apply when traffic volume doesn't permit a driver to safely merge right or when nasty weather or traffic control devices make it necessary to stay in the passing lane."I'll have to say I've had tremendous interest from my colleagues he said.His bill says motorists may not drive in the passing lane on interstates or divided highways with at least three lanes except to pass.Poll: Do you support a law penalizing slow drivers?More people are choosing to drive in the left lane without passing vehicles.".
Howell said that 330 round-trip from Bradley County to the Capitol and back, as well as a conversation with a constituent, set him to thinking and researching the issue.
Karen Camper, D-Memphis, seemed doubtful about drivers in the passing lane move over for speeding drivers.