Let’s talk about road etiquette. If you are traveling on a multi-lane highway and you are in the left lane you should be passing a vehicle in the right lane. If you are in the left lane and you are being passed by a vehicle in the right lane here’s your clue…YOU ARE IN THE WRONG LANE!

Slower traffic should always keep right. There are signs up and down the highways across this country that express this very clearly.

I traveled to Clearwater, Florida, last week to pick up a piece of equipment. I can’t tell you how many people do not comprehend the concept mentioned above. It makes me wonder how they got driver licenses in the first place.

I believe this is now a law in Georgia; the state passed a law in 2019. According to the “slow poke” law, slower drivers must move out of the passing lane (most left-hand lane) and over to the right to allow faster-moving traffic to proceed. Regardless of the speed you are traveling, you must move from the lane when faster traffic is approaching. The only exceptions are as follows:

• When traffic conditions make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

• When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

• When compliance with a law of this state or with an official traffic control device makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

• When your vehicle must be driven in the passing lane to exit or turn left;

• When it is necessary to pay a toll or use a pass on toll highways;

• Authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties; or

• Vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

Don’t even get me started on drivers traveling the same speed in both lanes and blocking everyone from passing. I certainly see why there are road rage incidents occurring more often following these types of drivers. Most of the time when you finally do get to pass them, you notice they are looking at their cell phones and endangering all drivers.

Maybe if a few more tickets were issued, people would start paying attention more, at least in Georgia anyway.

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