Slow Poke Law Moves Through Georgia Legislature

A bill was introduced this week in the Georgia House of Representatives that would make it illegal to stay in the left lane that is designated as the fast lane.  A driver can be ticketed for hindering the flow of traffic, and would only apply if another driver was trying to pass.  The bill specifically limits the use of the left lane for overtaking and passing another vehicle, obstructions in the right lane, and necessity arising from weather conditions.  House Bill 459 was introduced by Representative Bill Hitchens who formerly led the Department of Public Safety.

Speeding over the posted limit is often talked about, because the dangers of speeding are well known.  Driving too slowly, however, can be equally dangerous when driving too slow on a major thoroughfare like an interstate highway.  The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety warns of the dangers of driving on roads that are used by farmers hauling or driving large farm equipment that move at a speed of 15-25 miles per hour.  Catastrophic and fatal injuries can result when a typical consumer car traveling at a high rate of speed crashes into a large, slow-moving piece of farm equipment.

tractorThe state law, Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 40-8-4, requires slow moving farm equipment, construction equipment, and trailers to display a uniform emblem (an orange triangle with reflectors around the edge) that helps other motorists identify a slow-moving vehicle ahead.  Failure to use the emblem can result in a misdemeanor offense.  The Office of Highway Safety encourages drivers to use patience and yield to the larger vehicles.  Passing must be done with care, and the rules of the road must still be followed when passing.

Slow driving is also associated with impaired driving and elderly driving.  Whether it is the effects of alcohol or substance use, or the effects of age-related diseases, the concern lies in the lack of awareness that the slow-driver may have for other drivers.  Motorists are expected to use reasonable care as they drive, and failure to do so creates liability to those who are injured because of their negligence.  If you are involved in a car accident where someone was impaired or driving too slow, and don’t require immediate medical attention, try to gather as much information as you can.  Photographs and contact information for those involved – including witnesses – can lead to the evidence needed to maximize your damages.

The experienced Georgia motor vehicle accident attorneys understand the hardships the injured and injured’s family faces when recovering from a serious car accident.  If you have been injured by a motorist who was driving too slowly due to impairment, poor physical health, or failure to abide by posted speed minimums, contact one of our lawyers at the Angell Law Firm today.  We know that lost wages and growing medical bills can place undue stress at a time when your focus should be on regaining your health.  We are here to litigate and negotiate your claim till you receive the compensation you deserve.  Call us today at (770) 217-4954.

More Blog Posts:

11th Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Decision Reinforces Protection for the Injured, Atlanta Accident Attorney Blog, February 5th, 2014

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Publishes 2014 Roadmap of State Highways and Safety Laws, Atlanta Accident Attorney Blog, January 29th, 2014