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2008-12-10 10:44:29 AM  
If slow people in the left lane drive you crazy, don't come to Houston. This happens everywhere around here and nothing is done about it - most likely because our traffic cops are dealing with other road-asshattery.

For the record, it drives me bat-shiat insane. Most people around here drive with the goal of simply being in front rather than getting down the farking road.


/Road rage...I has it.
 
2008-12-10 10:49:05 AM  
Or asshats in the slow lane who speed up when you try to pass them.
/off my lawn.
 
2008-12-10 10:49:11 AM  
FTFA: "So far authorities have been gentle with the $124 ticket; the drivers stopped were given verbal warnings."

Nonono. No gentleness. We demand public pistolwhippings.
 
2008-12-10 10:52:04 AM  
I drove behind a couple driving slowly in the left lane for quite awhile yesterday. He was a hard-headed man; he was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty.

I think they had lost their mind.
 
2008-12-10 10:57:05 AM  
Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.
 
2008-12-10 11:00:04 AM  
Even bigwigs get frustrated. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, weary of having his limo slowed down by such left-lane pokies, ordered an aide to have the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission install signs a few years ago reading "Keep Right, Pass Left. It's the Law."

i'm sure that's done a lot. in order to change PA i think they'll need to arrest people.
 
2008-12-10 11:02:50 AM  

DslainteC: I drove behind a couple driving slowly in the left lane for quite awhile yesterday. He was a hard-headed man; he was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty.

I think they had lost their mind.


as long as it wasn't a cadillac with a dead sticker on it.

/dont look back
//you can never look back
 
2008-12-10 11:09:13 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: Even bigwigs get frustrated. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, weary of having his limo slowed down by such left-lane pokies, ordered an aide to have the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission install signs a few years ago reading "Keep Right, Pass Left. It's the Law."

i'm sure that's done a lot. in order to change PA i think they'll need to arrest people.


We've had those signs in Texas for a while, and I actually think they've made a small difference. However, I still frequently see semis and other heavy vehicles in the left lane getting passed on the right. How the hell can you get a commercial license and not know this rule? And if you're a traffic cop, why would you let the most dangerous vehicles on the road flagrantly violate traffic laws?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2008-12-10 11:14:40 AM  
Massachusetts State Police cruise at 85-90 in the left lane of the Turnpike. You will move over when one comes up behind you. They will hang about ten feet off your bumper for a while in case you didn't notice then light you up and give you a ticket. You will move over, one way or another. You can have a speeding ticket and an obstructing the left lane ticket if you like and tell it to the judge.

If you keep it under 80 and move over, they'll happily keep going because they're only rushing to their next donut or whatever. The tailgaters aren't the ones with speeding ticket quotas. The police on radar duty are parked on the emergency service ramps or hiding behind a bridge or in a shadow.

The rules are different on other highways in Massachusetts. Other troops don't have as many special overtime details for speed traps and are expected to write more tickets during ordinary patrols.
 
2008-12-10 11:23:17 AM  
I think Florida enacted the law, too. But you'd never be able to tell. Maybe it's because I live in Tourist Central, and enforcing it would be a nightmare.
 
2008-12-10 11:25:02 AM  

ZAZ: Massachusetts State Police cruise at 85-90 in the left lane of the Turnpike. You will move over when one comes up behind you. They will hang about ten feet off your bumper for a while in case you didn't notice then light you up and give you a ticket. You will move over, one way or another. You can have a speeding ticket and an obstructing the left lane ticket if you like and tell it to the judge.

If you keep it under 80 and move over, they'll happily keep going because they're only rushing to their next donut or whatever. The tailgaters aren't the ones with speeding ticket quotas. The police on radar duty are parked on the emergency service ramps or hiding behind a bridge or in a shadow.

The rules are different on other highways in Massachusetts. Other troops don't have as many special overtime details for speed traps and are expected to write more tickets during ordinary patrols.


I'm sorry but if I am going the speed limit in the left lane and a cop lights me up and gives me a ticket, I will see his or her ass in court.

I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.
 
2008-12-10 11:25:03 AM  

PainInTheASP: Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.


No no no, it's only speeding with other people do it. It's 'keeping with the flow of traffic'.

I say that if you ticket people in the left lane for going to speed limit then you cannot ticket people who exceed the speed limit in the left lane.
 
2008-12-10 11:38:57 AM  

neglogon: I'm sorry but if I am going the speed limit in the left lane and a cop lights me up and gives me a ticket, I will see his or her ass in court.

I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.


It all depends on the state you live in. In most states, slower traffic has to move but there are exceptions. Here in Texas, slower traffic must move. Speed limit traffic can drive in the left lane *IF* there is not a sign posted. On most 60+ MPH roadways here in Texas, there is a "Slower Traffic Keep Right" sign (or similar). This means that if you are slower than someone coming up behind you, you get the fark out of the way regardless of how fast you are going.

Besides, driving in the left lane and stubbornly refusing to move because you are "going the speed limit" is discourteous and stupid *IF* there are other people on the roadway who wish to pass and you driving in the left lane is blocking them. It impedes traffic flow and creates a more dangerous situation than a few people going past at 5-10 miles over the speed limit - this is why many states have *some* laws/restrictions for it *even* if the person in the left lane is going the speed limit.

Link (new window)
 
2008-12-10 11:39:23 AM  
There are much more dangerous moving violations that go unticketed. Not sure why this one is getting singled out. For example, tailgating is pervasive and very very dangerous. Most drivers don't realize how big the necessary stopping distance is at highway speeds.
 
2008-12-10 11:46:41 AM  

PainInTheASP: Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.


And you (general - to anyone who would drive slow in the left lane intentionally) are not in charge of enforcing traffic laws. If some asshat wants to do 100 miles per hour and you are cock-blocking them... all you succeed in doing is making them MORE aggressive and MORE pissed and MORE likely to cause an accident.

And what of the off chance they have a REASON for needing to go fast? Not everyone in a hurry to get somewhere is doing it because they're running late or just like to drive fast. What if they're on the way to a hospital either for someone in the car who needs treatment or to see an injured loved one? All so you can coax your own ego.

It's a dick move to intentionally obstruct other people because you have some farked up sense of moral righteousness by doing so. You're like the annoying geeky kid in middle school who enforces hall pass rules to the letter of the law because it makes you feel big.

Get your jollies off in a way that doesn't piss everyone else off. If you want to feel self-righteous and special, do something to actually help people.

neglogon: I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.


Except you aren't following the law. You are obstructing the flow of traffic, which is against the law.
 
2008-12-10 11:51:04 AM  

PainInTheASP: Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.


I bet you're a hoot at parties.

Dr. Rosenrosen: There are much more dangerous moving violations that go unticketed. Not sure why this one is getting singled out. For example, tailgating is pervasive and very very dangerous.


When have logic and reason, and law enforcement ever met?
 
2008-12-10 12:01:05 PM  

Talon: PainInTheASP: Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.

And you (general - to anyone who would drive slow in the left lane intentionally) are not in charge of enforcing traffic laws. If some asshat wants to do 100 miles per hour and you are cock-blocking them... all you succeed in doing is making them MORE aggressive and MORE pissed and MORE likely to cause an accident.

And what of the off chance they have a REASON for needing to go fast? Not everyone in a hurry to get somewhere is doing it because they're running late or just like to drive fast. What if they're on the way to a hospital either for someone in the car who needs treatment or to see an injured loved one? All so you can coax your own ego.

It's a dick move to intentionally obstruct other people because you have some farked up sense of moral righteousness by doing so. You're like the annoying geeky kid in middle school who enforces hall pass rules to the letter of the law because it makes you feel big.

Get your jollies off in a way that doesn't piss everyone else off. If you want to feel self-righteous and special, do something to actually help people.

neglogon: I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.

Except you aren't following the law. You are obstructing the flow of traffic, which is against the law.


Bravo!
 
2008-12-10 12:07:01 PM  
FTA:

But not everyone agrees with those who tell them to get out of the way.

"The left lane is for passing . . . not a license to speed till you kill someone," wrote a contributor to Motor Trend's blog. "Grow up. If I'm in the left lane doing 65 while the speed limit's 80, I'll move over. But if I'm doing the speed limit, and someone decides he's Mario Andretti . . . he/she can go around me and break the law further up the highway."


They would have never said that on the Car and Driver blog.
 
2008-12-10 12:07:43 PM  
For those that claim they'll have their day in court if ever cited for this, it is pretty simple. It doesn't matter that you're doing the speed limit. You are in violation of other laws.

These new laws specifically govern travelling in the left-most lane of traffic; you can only pass in the left lane, you cannot impede the normal flow of traffic, and you risk causing road rage by doing both.

Here in PA, it has made a difference on a lot of roadways, particularly the turnpike. By and large, the left lane does move fast, and I think it's due to the fact that they do aggressively enforce the law.
 
2008-12-10 12:09:39 PM  
Look, the gatdamn speed limit applies to ALL LANES.

If i'm already at the limit or slightly above it, and i'm passing people on the left, expect to be behind me until i find a spot where i can safely move to the right lane and let you by.

Like wise, if i'm in the left lane, and you're in front of me and there's nobody in the right lane and i'm going faster than you. MOVE OVER.

I normally drive in the left as long as i'm passing.. when i feel like going slower than the speed limit and i'm in the right lane.

it's not that complicated!
 
2008-12-10 12:12:47 PM  
If you hate speeding, then STAY THE FARK OUT OF THE LEFT LANE.
Goddammit that pisses me off.
 
2008-12-10 12:12:49 PM  
Come on Maryland! Daddy needs to get to work in less than 45 minutes!

/snake eyes....
 
2008-12-10 12:13:06 PM  

PainInTheASP: Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.


True, but the left lane is the "Passing Lane" (do not read as "Fast Lane"). If you're not passing people, you shouldn't be in it.
 
2008-12-10 12:13:15 PM  
They should be drawn and quartered... slowly.
 
2008-12-10 12:14:26 PM  

sleeping martyr: Look, the gatdamn speed limit applies to ALL LANES.

If i'm already at the limit or slightly above it, and i'm passing people on the left, expect to be behind me until i find a spot where i can safely move to the right lane and let you by.

Like wise, if i'm in the left lane, and you're in front of me and there's nobody in the right lane and i'm going faster than you. MOVE OVER.

I normally drive in the left as long as i'm passing.. when i feel like going slower than the speed limit and i'm in the right lane.

it's not that complicated!


Th problem is, not everyone follows that. When I'm driving in a 65 mph zone, I don't want to be stuck behind some dick driving 45 mph in the left lane. Especially when they are going the exact same speed with the person next to them in the right lane.
 
2008-12-10 12:15:15 PM  

neglogon: I'm sorry but if I am going the speed limit in the left lane and a cop lights me up and gives me a ticket, I will see his or her ass in court.
I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.


The law is "keep right except to pass". If you are doing the limit in the left lane and the right lane is clear, you are breaking the law and IMHO you should be ticketed and tazed.

I drove Vancouver to Seattle last weekend and let me tell you, I-5 is full of asshats in the left lane going 65 when the limit is 70.
 
2008-12-10 12:15:17 PM  

UberDave: neglogon: I'm sorry but if I am going the speed limit in the left lane and a cop lights me up and gives me a ticket, I will see his or her ass in court.

I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.

It all depends on the state you live in. In most states, slower traffic has to move but there are exceptions. Here in Texas, slower traffic must move. Speed limit traffic can drive in the left lane *IF* there is not a sign posted. On most 60+ MPH roadways here in Texas, there is a "Slower Traffic Keep Right" sign (or similar). This means that if you are slower than someone coming up behind you, you get the fark out of the way regardless of how fast you are going.

Besides, driving in the left lane and stubbornly refusing to move because you are "going the speed limit" is discourteous and stupid *IF* there are other people on the roadway who wish to pass and you driving in the left lane is blocking them. It impedes traffic flow and creates a more dangerous situation than a few people going past at 5-10 miles over the speed limit - this is why many states have *some* laws/restrictions for it *even* if the person in the left lane is going the speed limit.

Link (new window)


NOOOOO!!!!! The signs are merely reminders. It is not legal ever in Texas to cruise in the left lane at any speed.

In fact, Texas's traffic laws encourage slower traffic to make use of improved shoulders on 2-lane roads. The unambiguous rule is MOVE THE FARK OVER.
 
2008-12-10 12:15:23 PM  

Dr. Rosenrosen: There are much more dangerous moving violations that go unticketed. Not sure why this one is getting singled out. For example, tailgating is pervasive and very very dangerous. Most drivers don't realize how big the necessary stopping distance is at highway speeds.


Were you the one going 60 in the left lane last night on 287 while everyone was passing you in the center and right lanes? Yeah, that was me up your ass trying to get you to get the fark out of the left lane.
 
2008-12-10 12:15:54 PM  
sleeping martyr: If i'm already at the limit or slightly above it, and i'm passing people on the left, expect to be behind me until i find a spot where i can safely move to the right lane and let you by.

If you're passing people, that's all fine and dandy.

I think we're all talking about people in the #1 lane that are going about the same speed (or sometimes even slower) than people in the #2+ lanes.
 
2008-12-10 12:15:57 PM  
Next, they just need to fix Washington state. Because all the drivers here are FARKING RETARDED. I mean, really, "HURRR wuts a 4way stop?"
 
2008-12-10 12:15:58 PM  
Count me as one of those assholes who drives "slow" in the left lane -- usually about 8 or 9 over (just enough to not get a speeding ticket). Sorry, folks, but it's not my job to have to switch lanes, i.e. weave in and out of traffic, so you can risk other people's lives and limbs so you can save .23 seconds.
 
2008-12-10 12:16:01 PM  

PainInTheASP: Speeding is speeding--no matter what lane you are in.


The laws restricting the speed at which vehicles drive are not in question here. The laws stating that slower traffic must keep right to avoid impeding the normal flow of traffic are.
 
2008-12-10 12:16:15 PM  

neglogon: I'm sorry but if I am going the speed limit in the left lane and a cop lights me up and gives me a ticket, I will see his or her ass in court.

I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.


Good luck with that. Perhaps your state is different, but PA (Rendell is mentioned) did pass such a law. You have X amount of time/distance to pass. And I can see the "I will block you because I'm following the other law" folks are outing themselves already, so let me just be clear: Drive whatever speed you want. Other people will drive whatever speed they want (and they'll be ticketed for speeding, in some cases). When you make it your mission to dictate someone else's speed by hanging out in the left lane for no reason, you're the asshole.
 
2008-12-10 12:16:21 PM  
I was stuck behind a big gravel hauler this morning, he was doing a 55 in a 65 and ON HIS CELL PHONE. In a huge farking gravel hauling truck. If I had someone with me in the car, I would have made them take a picture and send it into the DMV and the local news.
 
2008-12-10 12:16:43 PM  
left lane pokies are rampant in Atlanta... granted you spend 90% of your time in traffic here but that precious 10% really pisses you off.

daily 75 commuter/// pray for me (Omarion)
 
2008-12-10 12:16:46 PM  
So, not to disgree with the courtesy of keeping right... but on a busy highway the left and right lanes are the same - completely 100% full of cars going 10 MPH under the speed limit, and little possibility of merging either way without waiting for a gap.

Of course this is mostly during rush hour, but that's when people care anyway. At midnight you can easily pass people because no one's on the road.

Also, do yourself a favor, don't tailgate people even if they are in the wrong. If they slow suddenly and you hit them, you are guilty until proven innocent.
 
2008-12-10 12:16:59 PM  

Godscrack: Or asshats in the slow lane who speed up when you try to pass them.
/off my lawn.



I think this is why some people have stopped using their turn signals.
 
2008-12-10 12:17:16 PM  
The left lane is for passing only, according to the signs on the highway, here. However, that is rarely enforced. It is a hard thing to do, too, I suppose. Most of the slow drivers I get behind are probably doing the speed limit or more, but just not going as fast as I want to go. Which law do they enforce? The speed limit or the left lane thing? The saying is very true that anyone going slower than you is a moron and anyone going faster than you is an idiot.
 
2008-12-10 12:17:22 PM  
Thank God. These people deserve to die. The only thing that would be better is making front mounted machine guns and rocket launchers legal.
 
2008-12-10 12:17:29 PM  
Sweet, give them verbal warnings and make a note on their record so if they are stopped again next week for the same asshattery they get a real ticket.

If the middle lane is open, there is no reason to drive in the left lane.

Now if we could get some attention for the dangerous tailgater crowd we might be in business.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:11 PM  
FTA: 'One of my biggest pet peeves'

rotsky?
 
2008-12-10 12:18:14 PM  
You know, a good steady honking session, tailgating or several seizure-inducing high-beam flashes usually fixes Slow Arsehole Syndrome.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:15 PM  

UberDave: If slow people in the left lane drive you crazy, don't come to Houston.


Don't come to the Chicago area, especially the north suburbs where there's lots of Wisconsinites out wandering around... invariably if I see a car on the left lane driving slowly, they have a Wisconsin license plate. They don't pay much heed to that up there, judging from the times I've been to Wisconsin.

/You can call me a FID all you want. I don't care.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:24 PM  

Catsaregreen: Count me as one of those assholes who drives "slow" in the left lane -- usually about 8 or 9 over (just enough to not get a speeding ticket). Sorry, folks, but it's not my job to have to switch lanes, i.e. weave in and out of traffic, so you can risk other people's lives and limbs so you can save .23 seconds.


"The left lane is MY lane. fark YOU!" Nice attitude you have there.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:25 PM  
It's almost always old people. Why they buy 450-hp Cadillacs with 32 valve Northstar engines, I don't know. They never go over 40 mph.
The worst is being in a no-passing lane, and rapidly come up behind a Buick, and Oldsmobile, Lincoln, etc...it's gonna be hell. God, I hate old people. Why don't they just die already?
 
2008-12-10 12:18:27 PM  

neglogon:

I'm sorry but if I am going the speed limit in the left lane and a cop lights me up and gives me a ticket, I will see his or her ass in court.

I have no issue with going a little above the speed limit but to Hell with giving someone a ticket if they are following the law.


The law is that you keep right and let faster traffic pass on the left, jackass. How do you know that the speeder behind you that you've decided to go "Good citizen Patrol" on doesn't have his wife in labor or something?

jesus move over, let the guy behind you go, and then move back if you feel like it.

if nothing else it gets an asshat tailgater off your ass and puts him in position to get the ticket that might have been yours.

/sick of driving in the right lane because it's so open all the time now due to self-centered asshats like you.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:41 PM  
Here in CA, the left-pokes are the least of our worries.

Traffic is bumper-to-bumper most of the time. What we get are asshats that jump of lane-to-lane (without signaling) in order to get a car length ahead. They more often that not cut off someone, causing them to brake and causing even more delays for the saps behind them.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:41 PM  

Catsaregreen: Count me as one of those assholes who drives "slow" in the left lane -- usually about 8 or 9 over (just enough to not get a speeding ticket). Sorry, folks, but it's not my job to have to switch lanes, i.e. weave in and out of traffic, so you can risk other people's lives and limbs so you can save .23 seconds.


It's people like you that are ruining America. That's what the middle lane is for. By all means, putter along. Just stay the hell out of the left lane.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:58 PM  

It Smee:
Except you aren't following the law. You are obstructing the flow of traffic, which is against the law.


Unlike, say, someone who is speeding.

/a leeeetle bit of hypocrisy going on in this thread.
 
2008-12-10 12:18:59 PM  
Florida is trying to join in: Lawmakers reintroduced a Road Rage Reduction Act this year, requiring motorists to stay out of the left lane on interstate highways except when passing. It passed the Legislature in 2005 but was vetoed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush, who questioned whether it was based on sound research

as opposed to teaching creationism is public schools which is based on sound research
 
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