Earlier this year, Tennessee joined the list of states that are stepping up enforcement of drivers who move too slowly in the left lane. Most states have laws requiring slow-moving vehicles to keep to the right and lawmakers are beginning to impose harsher penalties for those who disregard lane courtesy.
Tennessee joins Indiana, Georgia, Florida, and New Jersey in cracking down on left-lane slowpokes in an effort to reduce congestion, road rage, and accidents. Slow drivers in the left lane add additional risk, disrupt the flow of traffic, and can cause frustration among other drivers that can lead to dangerous decisions. In fact, data from the Institute of Transportation Engineers reveal that driving 10 mph slower than the prevailing speed is six times more likely to cause an accident than going 10 mph over the limit.
According to the New York Times, the National Motorists Association (NMA) blames the national speed limit set in the 1970s for the rise of left-lane slowpokes. The limit was set in 1973 by President Nixon in response to oil shortages. Though it was repealed in 1995, NMA says the change ultimately disenfranchised drivers as to the merits of both speed limits and overall lane courtesy.
In 2013, New Jersey upped the ante on left-lane enforcement. Drivers in the Garden State are required to remain in the right lane and only use the left lane for passing. Violators now face fines between $100 and $300. While New York is not specifically targeting left-lane hogs, drivers going below the posted minimum speed could get a ticket of up to $150.
If you or a loved one has been ticketed for driving below the minimum speed limit, it is advisable that you consult an attorney. Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm is a skilled New York traffic ticket attorney who is experienced in handling tickets for driving-related offenses. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.