Minnesota To Put the Hammer Down on Left Lane Cruisers
Well, Minnesota State Legislature recently signed off on a bill that, if passed could mean fines of $100 or more for drivers clogging up the left lane and not moving back into the right lane and allow people to pass.
“Just those differences of one or two miles per hour can really jam up traffic,” says Minnesota Senator John Jasinski (District 24 - R). “There’s road rage, there’s people trying to pass on the right instead of the left – there’s just a lot of safety concerns,” he says. "It's really a common sense law that would just promote for people to move over when there's traffic behind them."
Most Minnesota residents agree.
“95% of the people love it – they’ve all been stuck in the same position where they get frustrated because somebody doesn’t move over. About 5% of the people don’t agree with it. They think if they’re going the speed limit, they shouldn’t have to move over,” Jasinski says.
“It’s for passing only, it should be for passing only,” says Jim Winkels, a Wadena resident. “In some states, like Texas and Kansas – that’s what the left lane is for only. Minnesota should pass that law too.”
The governor is expected to sign the bill this week and a requirement of the bill is that a public awareness campaign will be launched to inform drivers of the new law.
"Don't Be a Loser, Don't Be a Left Lane Cruiser" -Baxter
Source: Valley News Live/KLVY
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