New law pushes slow drivers to the right lane

Tennessee Streets
Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 13:50:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- A new law is now forcing Florida drivers to move over if they are driving too slow. If you're on the roadway and not keeping up with the drivers in the left lane law enforcement has been instructed to pull you over.

Its always been the "un-written rule" on the roadways, but now its going into the books.

"The right lane is a safe place for people who drive slow," said John Bruneau.

"I think if they're going too slow they need to move over in the right lane," said Hunter Page.

That seems to be the consensus for drivers and now a new Florida law prohibits them from traveling 10 miles per hour under the speed limit in the left or fast lane.

Highways and county and city roadways all fall under the law.

The fine is $60 plus court costs. Its a penalty one driver believes is necessary to keep traffic flowing.

"Oh I pass them, if they're going under the speed limit I pass them," said Nancy Griffin.

She along with other drivers say more importantly this new law will make the roads safer.

"If you have slow people in the fast lane, it slows down traffic, causes accidents, its just a mess a on the interstate," said Griffin.

The new law won't take effect until July 1st, but in the meantime drivers say everyone should be alert.

"Signs need to be put up, if their going to have this law, the people need to be aware of this law because we have people from all over," said Bruneau.