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(NBC Washington)   Maryland woman pulled over and ticketed, but not for the reason you think   (nbcwashington.com) divider line 243
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2013-03-12 11:22:13 AM  
Yes !  Oh holy cr**p, yes! We don't want you to speed up; we want you to move over into the right lane.  Change lanes; its not hard.  This, the left lane, is the passing lane.  That, the right lane, is the cruising lane.  Its really that simple.  Really.
 
2013-03-12 11:26:48 AM  
I wish I could meet the Cop - I'd buy him a drink and a steak dinner.  Get in the farking right lane you slow poke a holes.
 
2013-03-12 11:29:43 AM  
In other words, she was ticketed for being a douche.  (or a Prius driver)

legalinsurrection.com

The left lane is for passing asshats.  You can be a pretentious ass in your home town where it's 25mph and no passing zones.
 
2013-03-12 11:37:01 AM  
I would've been so far up her ass she could taste my bumper...my rear bumper...

Most of my driving is on 50, not 95, but still, left lane is for maniacs only.


/I like it when MD stories come up that don't make us look like Floriduh...
 
2013-03-12 11:38:22 AM  
Good!

Learn to drive on a road with more than 1 lane.
 
2013-03-12 11:47:29 AM  
api.ning.com
 
2013-03-12 11:50:56 AM  
To all of those who sport the following bumper sticker:

"I may be slow, but I'm ahead of you"

That's only because it's illegal to run your sorry ass into a ditch.

/'98 Camry, another scratch ain't gonna bother me.
 
2013-03-12 12:32:59 PM  
"The reason [the ticket] is silly is because it's sending the wrong message," said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic. "And that is, 'We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you're penalized for that'."

Actually, I could have sworn that one would be penalized for "driving at more than the speed limit". In fact, I could swear I have a few friendly notes from the local constabulary stating just that.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-12 01:12:57 PM  
While she was in the wrong morally, she was probably not in the wrong legally. In Maryland you can stay in the left lane as long as you are within 10 mph of the speed limit.  Most states require drivers to keep right when moving slower than the normal speed of traffic.
 
2013-03-12 01:33:33 PM  

sentex: Good!

 
2013-03-12 01:41:05 PM  

J.Shelby: Yes !  Oh holy cr**p, yes! We don't want you to speed up; we want you to move over into the right lane.  Change lanes; its not hard.  This, the left lane, is the passing lane.  That, the right lane, is the cruising lane.  Its really that simple.  Really.


b-b-b-but persecution complex!
 
2013-03-12 01:43:45 PM  

ZAZ: While she was in the wrong morally, she was probably not in the wrong legally. In Maryland you can stay in the left lane as long as you are within 10 mph of the speed limit.  Most states require drivers to keep right when moving slower than the normal speed of traffic.


Incorrect.

/Laws change. Unofficial websites that quote them do not. ;)
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-12 01:53:54 PM  
Gecko Gingrich

"Normal and reasonable movement of traffic" will most likely be interpreted to mean "traffic obeying the speed limit." If "normal and reasonable" on its own could prohibit driving 63 in a 65 zone, the specific rule allowing 10 mph below the speed limit should take precedence over the general rule against impeding traffic.  If it doesn't, a 2 mph difference is not likely to hold up in court.

Bad driver, but not guilty is my verdict.
 
2013-03-12 01:56:24 PM  
"Nestoring," it's a NoVa disease crossing the river.
 
2013-03-12 02:03:47 PM  
Good. That's one of my biggest peeves when driving. Stay in the right lane if you're not passing otherwise you look like an oblivious ass.
 
2013-03-12 02:07:25 PM  
"The reason [the ticket] is silly is because it's sending the wrong message," said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic. "And that is, 'We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you're penalized for that'."

No, it's sending the message that if you're "experiencing heavy winds and <have> slowed down to be safe." you should also move over to the right lane.

Also:
www.majhost.com

/yes, I know it doesn't cover every single instance
//but it's a handy guideline for people like this woman.
 
2013-03-12 02:07:44 PM  
The posted speed limit on I95 in Laurel is 65.  If the cops can ticket you if you go 66, then they shouldn't be allowed to ticket you if you go 63.  And its not like that lane is empty or anything.  There's a shiatload of traffic going through.
 
2013-03-12 02:08:46 PM  
The cop deserves the HERO tag.
 
2013-03-12 02:11:21 PM  
people going slow in the left lanes are why people have to pass in the right lanes.  Don't like drivers passing you on the right?  don't drive like a slow POS in the left lane.  I tried up just passing on the left, but gave up long ago on 95 and 695 and 495.  Now every lane is just a free-for-all.
 
2013-03-12 02:13:57 PM  

SlothB77: The posted speed limit on I95 in Laurel is 65.  If the cops can ticket you if you go 66, then they shouldn't be allowed to ticket you if you go 63.  And its not like that lane is empty or anything.  There's a shiatload of traffic going through.


They didn't ticket her for going slower than the posted speed. They ticketed her for "failing to move right" which is true. And if there's always traffic then she was impeding the flow of traffic by blocking the passing lane with her slow ass.
 
2013-03-12 02:17:31 PM  

scottydoesntknow: They didn't ticket her for going slower than the posted speed. They ticketed her for "failing to move right" which is true. And if there's always traffic then she was impeding the flow of traffic by blocking the passing lane with her slow ass.


Impeding people from speeding?  Maybe she was passing cars in the lanes to her right that were going slower than 63?
 
2013-03-12 02:18:15 PM  

ZAZ: "Normal and reasonable movement of traffic" will most likely be interpreted to mean "traffic obeying the speed limit."


Except that what I recall from when this law (21-804) was passed, it was stated specifically that "normal and reasonable" was independent of the posted speed limit.

/Yes, I'm looking for that article now.
 
2013-03-12 02:19:26 PM  

SlothB77: Impeding people from speeding?


Yes. It's against the law.
 
2013-03-12 02:23:00 PM  

SlothB77: scottydoesntknow: They didn't ticket her for going slower than the posted speed. They ticketed her for "failing to move right" which is true. And if there's always traffic then she was impeding the flow of traffic by blocking the passing lane with her slow ass.

Impeding people from speeding?  Maybe she was passing cars in the lanes to her right that were going slower than 63?


If she was going faster than traffic on her right, she would not have been given a ticket.
 
2013-03-12 02:29:59 PM  
I would date a hippy, nazi, commie, murderer, health food nut, left winger, right winger, fat chick.. hmm... I would date pretty much anyone on principle, but I would never date a hyper-miler.

They are the most wretched form of scum and villainy in the universe.
 
2013-03-12 02:30:22 PM  

SlothB77: Impeding people from speeding?


How else are they going to get a new police lodge if she's preventing people from getting caught
 
2013-03-12 02:32:22 PM  

timujin: "The reason [the ticket] is silly is because it's sending the wrong message," said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic. "And that is, 'We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you're penalized for that'."

No, it's sending the message that if you're "experiencing heavy winds and <have> slowed down to be safe." you should also move over to the right lane.

Also:
[www.majhost.com image 489x323]


Does not apply in MD.  Or 64 in VA.
 
2013-03-12 02:35:13 PM  
In case you are reading this, Maryland cop, you are my hero.
 
2013-03-12 02:36:06 PM  

scottydoesntknow: SlothB77: The posted speed limit on I95 in Laurel is 65.  If the cops can ticket you if you go 66, then they shouldn't be allowed to ticket you if you go 63.  And its not like that lane is empty or anything.  There's a shiatload of traffic going through.

They didn't ticket her for going slower than the posted speed. They ticketed her for "failing to move right" which is true. And if there's always traffic then she was impeding the flow of traffic by blocking the passing lane with her slow ass.


Yes, Yes, Yes, THAT!
 
2013-03-12 02:37:30 PM  

SlothB77: scottydoesntknow: They didn't ticket her for going slower than the posted speed. They ticketed her for "failing to move right" which is true. And if there's always traffic then she was impeding the flow of traffic by blocking the passing lane with her slow ass.

Impeding people from speeding?  Maybe she was passing cars in the lanes to her right that were going slower than 63?


The cop was there, you weren't.
 
2013-03-12 02:38:17 PM  
Yeah, I wonder if this is the reaction the newsies were aim for with this story.  Ain't no one who has ever driven on a highway gonna feel for the poor old lady who got the ticket.
 
2013-03-12 02:38:46 PM  
I love this.  While a person speeding in the left lane is dangerous, they, in theory, are not bothering other drivers as long as people are not in the way.  It is when they have to go around someone going to slow that causes the chain reaction when they cut someone off in the right lane to go around the person driving slower.  My dad is one of those people that gets in the far left lane and sets the cruise control at the speed limit...even when the other 4 lanes next to him are cars flying past him honking and screaming.

I actaully got out of a ticket in court by telling the judge that I was not speeding when pulled over.  Since the cop marked 'visual' on the part of the ticket where you indicated how it was determined I was speeding the judge let me off with a warning.  My arguement was that the other driver going really slow made me look faster.  I think the cop hurt himself rolling his eyes when the judge bought it.
 
2013-03-12 02:41:18 PM  
I would assume that the radar has a +/-2 mph margin of error. So maybe she was driving right at the speed limit.
 
2013-03-12 02:41:27 PM  
Speed doesn't kill.  Variations in speed do.

She is doing more harm than speeders.  However, she will probably win the case.
 
2013-03-12 02:41:54 PM  
A MD driver going slow in the left lane?

Color me not farking shocked at all.


Worst drivers in the US, by far.  They inhabit the left lane, going slow, will never get over, don't use turn signals, and time their driving to eliminate any gaps that may be used for passing.
 
2013-03-12 02:42:28 PM  
bluenote13:   My dad is one of those people that gets in the far left lane and sets the cruise control at the speed limit...even when the other 4 lanes next to him are cars flying past him honking and screaming.

Your dad is an asshole
 
2013-03-12 02:42:37 PM  
fark that biatch!
 
2013-03-12 02:43:27 PM  
Stupid reporter... she didn't get a ticket for driving too slowly, she get a ticket for driving to slowly IN THE WRONG LANE!
 
2013-03-12 02:44:15 PM  
Most states have a law against poking in the left lane, which is never enforced.

A year or two ago SC claimed it was going to start writing tix for this but I have not heard of it happening.

I'd like to give this cop a medal.
 
2013-03-12 02:44:25 PM  
I'm ok with this

/speeds in left lane
//doesn't tailgate
///sucks it up if idiots park in the left lane
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-12 02:44:31 PM  
Gecko Gingrich

Several states have had tough talk about cleaning up the left lane, but what is enacted (if anything) may not match the rhetoric. There was tough talk in New Jersey last year, but New Jersey already has keep right except to pass. The substance of the bill was an increase in the fine for violating a seldom-enforced law.
 
2013-03-12 02:44:39 PM  

aegean: Speed doesn't kill.  Variations in speed do.

She is doing more harm than speeders.  However, she will probably win the case.


I'll take that bet.
 
2013-03-12 02:44:44 PM  
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2013-03-12 02:45:47 PM  
HERO tag for the Cop!
 
2013-03-12 02:45:49 PM  
About farking time. They need to make ramming legal
 
2013-03-12 02:46:37 PM  

Spike Lee's Favorite Farker: I would assume that the radar has a +/-2 mph margin of error. So maybe she was driving right at the speed limit.


If the traffic to her right was either moving slower than her or didn't exist, then she was in the wrong. The actual speed at which she was traveling doesn't matter.
 
2013-03-12 02:47:06 PM  
People who don't know (or don't care) that the left lane is for passing are to stupid to be driving anyway. Hopefully the judge has an ounce of common sense and explains this to her.
 
2013-03-12 02:47:12 PM  

bluenote13: My dad is one of those people that gets in the far left lane and sets the cruise control at the speed limit...even when the other 4 lanes next to him are cars flying past him honking and screaming.


s17.postimage.org
I got the old cruise control set at 35!
 
2013-03-12 02:47:36 PM  
The driver, who didn't want her name used, told News4 she was driving in the left lane of I-95 on Laurel last Friday when she was pulled over and cited for failing to move right.

She should consider herself lucky. If I had my druthers people who do this would be shot on the spot without a trial.
 
2013-03-12 02:47:46 PM  
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