Proposed North Carolina law would fine motorists for driving too slow

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RALEIGH – A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate this past week would add monetary fines to a law already on the books, penalizing motorists for driving too slow in the left lane.

A new law would allow law enforcement to ticket drivers for going to slow in left land.
A new law proposed for North Carolina would allow law enforcement to ticket drivers for going too slow in left lane.

All states allow drivers to use the left lane (when there is more than one in the same direction) to pass. Most states restrict use of the left lane by slow-moving traffic that is not passing. In the Tar Heel State, drivers should always keep right if below speed limit. Some highways have signs posted “slower traffic keep right.”

Senate Bill 303 was filed March 16 by Republican Senators Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County, Tom McInnis of Rockingham and Jim Davis of Macon County.

Language in the proposed legislation states a person who impedes the steady flow of traffic would be subject to a $200 fine. “Impeding the steady flow of traffic” is described as a driver who knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken from the rear by a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.

If approved, the law would become effective December 1, 2017.