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(Athens Banner Herald)   Georgia State Patrol threatens to ticket slow drivers for blocking fast lane   (onlineathens.com) divider line 265
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2014-07-26 10:19:26 AM  
"The big question is what if someone's doing the speed limit and are they able to be pulled over" for a citation, Rothman said. "It's challengeable in that it the law may be vague for the person who is doing the speed limit."

What is vague about it?  If you're driving slow.  MOVE OVER!
 
2014-07-26 10:28:41 AM  
"A lot of people are saying, 'I'm doing the speed limit so I'm going to slow them down,'" the trooper said. "That's taking the law into your own hands. If you're really concerned about someone's driving, make a call to the local 911 center and give a vehicle description and tag number."

Paging, HAMMERTOE. HAMMERTOE, to the nearest white courtesy phone please.
 
2014-07-26 10:37:06 AM  
"The big question is what if someone's doing the speed limit and are they able to be pulled over" for a citation, Rothman said. "It's challengeable in that it the law may be vague for the person who is doing the speed limit."

Farking lawyers.

The change in the law has already addressed that, to wit:

The revised law removed mention of offending motorists driving under the speed limit in the passing lane.

That means that motorists driving the speed limit must make way for speeders. "It's not giving people the freedom to speed, because if they're speeding we'll catch them down the road," Webb said.


It's cut and dry. "I was going the speed limit," is no longer an excuse. In fact, "I was going faster than the speed limit," isn't either, as the law has removed all references to the posted speed limit playing any part in the decision to cite someone for impeding traffic (.pdf).
 
2014-07-26 11:39:37 AM  
I find if I approach the car ahead of me carefully and politely, I can get to within a few millimeters of their rear bumper before I start waving my pistol in their rear view mirror.
 
2014-07-26 11:39:44 AM  
Just shoot them and be done with it. Hopefully, their kids are in the back seat and see what happens to assholes.
 
2014-07-26 11:45:03 AM  
It's really very simple: If you are being passed on the right, you are in the wrong lane no matter what your speed is.
 
2014-07-26 12:31:22 PM  
good.
 
2014-07-26 12:42:24 PM  
WHAR HERO TAG, WHAR?!?!?
 
2014-07-26 12:42:39 PM  
If you are in the left lane, you are wrong. Doesn't matter how fast you are going. Pass the vehicle in front of you, and move over the first opportunity you get.
 
2014-07-26 12:44:48 PM  

Bslim: WHAR HERO TAG, WHAR?!?!?


This
 
2014-07-26 12:45:06 PM  

Man On A Mission: It's really very simple: If you are being passed on the right, you are in the wrong lane no matter what your speed is.


It is almost like the left lane is for overtaking instead of your personal lane to go fast in.
 
2014-07-26 12:45:44 PM  
In NJ its thw law I believe, signs on the highways state keep right except to pass. You can get pulled over for going to slow in the left lane.
 
2014-07-26 12:46:41 PM  
They'd make a fortune in Houston ;)
 
WD
2014-07-26 12:48:22 PM  
It's not the fast lane.  Fast is relative.  It's called the passing lane for a reason.  You should use it only for passing.  It's quite frustrating that for the most part, nobody seems to understand or enforce this in the US.
 
2014-07-26 12:50:31 PM  
"The big question is what if someone's doing the speed limit and are they able to be pulled over" for a citation, Rothman said. "It's challengeable in that it the law may be vague for the person who is doing the speed limit."

IANAL but usually from what I've seen,  it doesn't matter what the speed limit is,  if you're impeding traffic then it's a no-no.

You don't get to run a rolling blockage in the fast lane because you're at the speed limit.
 
2014-07-26 12:51:08 PM  
**blockade
 
2014-07-26 12:52:17 PM  
Normally, I'd be Thrilled with a capital H to read this headline.  But farking Georgia is brutal about enforcing even tiny speeding infractions.  Better have the cruise control perfectly calibrated before venturing through Georgia.
 
2014-07-26 12:52:49 PM  
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2014-07-26 12:54:15 PM  
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-07-26 12:54:55 PM  
Colorado is a "Keep Right Except to Pass" pass state, failure to do so will result in a ticket and points on your license.
 
2014-07-26 12:55:41 PM  
I FINALLY just taught my wife that the left lane is for passing only, not to cruise in at 3 mph over the speed limit.......
 
2014-07-26 12:56:08 PM  
Great, now enforce it.

That's the problem in every other state that has the rule. Lack of enforcement.
 
2014-07-26 12:56:29 PM  
I should restate that as my wife finally got the hint after years of my comments.....
 
2014-07-26 12:59:50 PM  
In Indiana, there is an ancient mystic curse on the right lane. Only the bravest of souls dare to use it for regular traffic. The left lane is therefore the cruising lane.
 
2014-07-26 01:02:07 PM  
Many states have a law that states only passing cars may be in the left (passing) lane, which would be defined as somebody actively passing... as in performing the maneuver within a set amount of time. Exceptions to this law would be "authorized vehicles" like the police, emergency responders or tow trucks.

Most sane cops in non-revenue (i.e. speed trap) communities will allow a 10mph buffer over the speed limit, or even consider the general speed of drivers before pursuing a speeder.

Personally, I think the determination of issuing speeding tickets should be based on reckless/dangerous driving - a hard limit of 25mph over other drivers or clear indications that the speeder is driving dangerously for themselves and others. I'd add weather as a factor, too, but it seems a bit dangerous for the police to pursue a speeder who is already driving too fast for conditions. Let the speeder end up in a ditch and give them a ticket then.
 
2014-07-26 01:02:19 PM  
Agreed.  If people have a chance to get over in the right lane they should do so with all speed.  They should be in the left lane for a reason, to get ahead of a slower car.

Now please feel free to ticket jackasses that immediately pass on the right as well because they think the interstate highway system is nascar too.
 
2014-07-26 01:02:46 PM  
How is that spiffy... sorry subby, but at this point there is no way to farking win driving through Georgia. A land beset with shiatty little redneck towns that annex portions of interstate to run 24/7 speed traps with every farking bubba cop within 50 miles.
 
2014-07-26 01:03:54 PM  
I spend about 50 percent of the time in the far right lane cruising past everyone.  They all seem to be scared to death of using it.  Nearly everyone immediately darts for the center or left lanes when getting on the freeway.    Cleveland is the epicenter of shiatty, slow drivers.

/People flicking me off and encouraging me to roll down my window after  I'm tailgating them for driving 28 in a 35 is the reason I don't have a CCW.
 
2014-07-26 01:03:54 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: "The big question is what if someone's doing the speed limit and are they able to be pulled over" for a citation, Rothman said. "It's challengeable in that it the law may be vague for the person who is doing the speed limit."

Farking lawyers.

The change in the law has already addressed that, to wit:

The revised law removed mention of offending motorists driving under the speed limit in the passing lane.

That means that motorists driving the speed limit must make way for speeders. "It's not giving people the freedom to speed, because if they're speeding we'll catch them down the road," Webb said.

It's cut and dry. "I was going the speed limit," is no longer an excuse. In fact, "I was going faster than the speed limit," isn't either, as the law has removed all references to the posted speed limit playing any part in the decision to cite someone for impeding traffic (.pdf).


Halle-farkig-lujah. I don't know why we call it the fast lane (my inner Lebowski wants to blame the farking Eagles, man), but it's not. I understand that, especially when you only have two lanes, it's easy to be lulled into just cruising in that lane when there's a long line of cars in the travel lane. But you legally have to get the fark out of that lane when it's time to.

\also need a law prohibiting jumping on the brakes the millisecond you see a cop
\\double fine if its a construction detail cop who's not going to chase you down for anything short of hitting a worker
 
2014-07-26 01:04:29 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: "A lot of people are saying, 'I'm doing the speed limit so I'm going to slow them down,'" the trooper said. "That's taking the law into your own hands. If you're really concerned about someone's driving, make a call to the local 911 center and give a vehicle description and tag number."

Paging, HAMMERTOE. HAMMERTOE, to the nearest white courtesy phone please.


Haha! This, I have no part in. When the road's clear, with no construction zone, the correct pedal is on the right. So is the correct lane if there's somebody behind you, wanting to pass. Travel at your own speed, and let others travel at theirs.
 
2014-07-26 01:04:31 PM  

SpinStopper: They'd make a fortune in Houston ;)


That's essentially what I came to say.  Drivers here are insanely bad, in every way.
 
2014-07-26 01:04:48 PM  
Are you a police officer in your jurisdiction?

No?

Then it's not your job to enforce the law. Keep to the right lane unless passing.
 
2014-07-26 01:05:18 PM  
I think people who don't use the passing lane correctly should get a ticket and a punch to the genitals. It's only fair.
 
2014-07-26 01:09:13 PM  
As a further clarification, when I do pick my "zipping" spot for an upcoming merge, I do so in the right lane. Perhaps this is why I have never been ticketed for it.
 
2014-07-26 01:10:49 PM  
I was all with it till this bullshiat

Violating the slowpoke law is a misdemeanor, which means it is an offense punishable by up to $1,000 and a year in jail.
 
2014-07-26 01:11:32 PM  

SpinStopper: They'd make a fortune in Houston Texas ;)



FTFY.

Had a job a few years ago where we had to complete a safe driving course so the company could get a reduced insurance rate for us employees.  The instructor explained that everyone in Texas drives in the left lane because it's considered the "thru lane" in Texas; therefore, all Texans pretty much insist they're "driving thru".

/Damn Texans are always blocking the left lane out of State as well
//Kansas drivers are just as bad
///Don't get me started on Arkansans
 
2014-07-26 01:11:50 PM  

Target Builder: Are you a police officer in your jurisdiction?

No?

Then it's not your job to enforce the law. Keep to the right lane unless passing.


In my experience (once did a daily commute on I-75 between Flint and Detroit), the vigilantes tended to be younger women in their 20s, who'd change lanes to impede anybody driving faster than them. It was mostly an annoyance because we had more than 2 lanes, but it struck me as particularly stupid, considering some nutjob might just follow them home or to work and do something nasty to them. People seem to feel a false sense of empowerment when driving a vehicle, forgetting that the other driver might have a gun or might follow them until they get out of their vehicle.
 
2014-07-26 01:13:29 PM  
Now can we ticket people on bicycles who can't go the speed limit but take up a lane of traffic, (especially in single lane roads)

also, how does this avoid the entrapment issue.  If you go the speed limit you get a ticket, if you go faster then the speed limit then you get a ticket.
 
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2014-07-26 01:14:17 PM  

BizarreMan: "The big question is what if someone's doing the speed limit and are they able to be pulled over" for a citation, Rothman said. "It's challengeable in that it the law may be vague for the person who is doing the speed limit."

What is vague about it?  If you're driving slow.  MOVE OVER!


If the speed limit is 65 and I am going 75 to pass someone, I am NOT driving slow, even if you are going 85 and acting like Stan Smith.
 
2014-07-26 01:15:42 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Violating the slowpoke law is a misdemeanor, which means it is an offense punishable by up to $1,000 and a year in jail.


That struck me a bit, too. I was like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa here. I mean, I hate these farkers and all. And I want them farked, but at least use some lube."
 
2014-07-26 01:16:36 PM  
No law will fix asshole drivers.  Getting in a car is like getting on the internet.  You have a sense of anonymity and lack of consequence for your actions that is irresistible for the common douchebag.  Just as you say and do things on the internet most people would never say or do in person,  people do things while driving they would never do as a pedestrian, such as cutting people off, getting too close, and standing in the way.
 
2014-07-26 01:16:38 PM  
I was once going 65 in the right lane and this guy came right up behind me, flashing his lights, honking his horn, and then passed me (there were two other lanes) and jammed on his brakes, almost making me hit him. Then he sped up and hit his brakes again, then he sped up and did it a third time... He should have stopped at twice, because the third time he did it right as we were passing a cop. What a fantastic feeling that was about 45 seconds later when the cop pulled him over... I've always wondered what he got charged with...
 
2014-07-26 01:16:58 PM  
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2014-07-26 01:17:57 PM  

Warlordtrooper: Now can we ticket people on bicycles who can't go the speed limit but take up a lane of traffic, (especially in single lane roads)


Nope. Read the law. I linked to it upthread. Your hypothetical situation is exempt for any number of reasons.

d23: If the speed limit is 65 and I am going 75 to pass someone, I am NOT driving slow, even if you are going 85 and acting like Stan Smith.


But you may in fact be impeding traffic. If you are, it's against the law. Again, read the law.
 
2014-07-26 01:19:14 PM  

Man On A Mission: It's really very simple: If you are being passed on the right, you are in the wrong lane no matter what your speed is.


People stuck in a traffic jamb are going to love you
 
2014-07-26 01:19:28 PM  

LesserEvil: Target Builder: Are you a police officer in your jurisdiction?

No?

Then it's not your job to enforce the law. Keep to the right lane unless passing.

In my experience (once did a daily commute on I-75 between Flint and Detroit), the vigilantes tended to be younger women in their 20s, who'd change lanes to impede anybody driving faster than them. It was mostly an annoyance because we had more than 2 lanes, but it struck me as particularly stupid, considering some nutjob might just follow them home or to work and do something nasty to them. People seem to feel a false sense of empowerment when driving a vehicle, forgetting that the other driver might have a gun or might follow them until they get out of their vehicle.


Exactly.  I guess being a suburbanite all your life and never have anything happen to you gives you a false sense of security.  I'm amazed at how people will act when I tailgate them trying to get them to go at least up to 5mph below the limit.  They will purposely go slower, flick me off, want me to roll my window down so they can yell at me for driving too close to them.  All with their kids in the car!  How do they know I will not go around, slam on my brakes, get out and start shooting all of them?
 
2014-07-26 01:19:48 PM  
For GODS sake, please bring this to CA!
 
2014-07-26 01:23:48 PM  
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2014-07-26 01:24:33 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: Nope. Read the law. I linked to it upthread. Your hypothetical situation is exempt for any number of reasons.


It shouldn't be, bicycles shouldn't be allowed on the roads if they are going to impede traffic
 
2014-07-26 01:24:34 PM  
Wait til pot is legal everywhere, they'll pull you over if you're not at the ten and two position.  What's that?  Fuzzy dice?  That's a $500 ticket.
 
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