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.
The 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. Continue reading