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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-21-2005, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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New Left Lane Law in Colorado

It's about time this became a law! I hope every state follows suit!

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Drive Right, State Says; Be Aware of Colorado's New Left-Lane Law
The Gazette - January 19, 2004

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Sara Shipley learned the basics about not hogging the left lane years ago. "When I learned to drive, they told me, 'The left lane is for passing. The right lane is for driving,'" she said. It's not such a complicated lesson.

But tell that to the driver of an Isuzu Rodeo she's following south on Interstate 25 near Pikes Peak International Raceway. Tell it to the Ford Excursion and the Mitsubishi Diamonte drivers in the northbound lanes, both firmly planted in the left lane. That's part of Shipley's job these days -- warning motorists that they're violating a six-month-old state law that requires drivers to use the left lane only for passing.

Starting Jan. 1, troopers will replace those warnings with tickets -- $35, plus a $6.20 surcharge and three points on their licenses. The law says the left lane -- the fast lane -- is to be used only for passing on Colorado's multilane highways where the speed limit is 65 mph or faster. The hope among legislators is that it will prevent traffic congestion and incidents of road rage.

Since the law took effect July 1, troopers have stuck to issuing warnings while they work to educate drivers about the new traffic rule. "We wanted to get citizens used to the idea there's a new law out there and get them educated," Master Trooper Ron Watkins said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has posted about 40 signs around the state, reminding motorists to "Keep right except to pass." The signs were posted in areas where law enforcement officials noticed a problem and requested the signs, CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said. CDOT plans to install an additional 30 signs on highways throughout the state, including 17 on I-25, she said. None have been placed in the Colorado Springs area.

The law is as simple as the sign implies: Motorists are expected to stick to the right lane, except to pass slowering traffic. Once they pass, they're expected to return to the right lane. The exception is rush hour, when both lanes may be clogged and motorists are not able to move over, Shipley said. If a highway has three or more lanes, motorists are expected to stay out of the far left lane, but they may use the middle lanes even if they're not passing.

Shipley said although many of the drivers she's stopped for left-lane driving don't have a reason for driving there, others say they were deliberately driving under the speed limit in the left lane in an effort to prevent others from speeding. "They don't need to be playing police," Shipley said. "That's not their job." Left-lane slowpokes can incite road rage among motorists behind them, she said. "Driving in the left lane is what causes road rage," she said. People trying to drive 75 mph get angry at the slowering cars in front of them and then tailgate in an effort to get them to move.

Most people should relate to the frustration of wanting to pass a slower car and finding themselves stuck behind a car doggedly driving 65 mph in the passing lane, she said. "We're asking for a little courtesy," Shipley said. She said she's noticed a difference in people's driving habits, particularly on the interstate north of Colorado Springs, in recent months. "They seem to be moving over," she said. Perhaps they're aware of the new law, she said.

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wtf: "others say they were deliberately driving under the speed limit in the left lane in an effort to prevent others from speeding" I've heard of people doing this stuff and they don't understand why they need to move out of the left lane if they're doing close to the speed limit. I think it's a great law.

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What a great law.

I also went OMG when I read about the people wanting to police the speed limit themselves by slowing down in the left lane.

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I so wish every state would make this law happen! I can't belive this either!

...others say they were deliberately driving under the speed limit in the left lane in an effort to prevent others from speeding....

It's no wonder there are so many incidents of road rage. This is one of my biggest pet peeves while driving. That and people who drive while on the phone...I know in some states, this has become illegal too.

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I fucking hate left lane whores!!! They are so annoying driving 65 in the left hand lane should get you shot not just a ticket....damned people in the left lane goin 66 talkin on a cell phone and then they have the nerve to slam on their brakes when you ride their ass!! I wish blowing peoples tires out was legal
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Re: New Left Lane Law in Colorado

Great law!

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Motorists are expected to stick to the right lane, except to pass slowering traffic.

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People trying to drive 75 mph get angry at the slowering cars in front of them and then tailgate in an effort to get them to move.
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Yea! That's a newspaper article? I had no idea "slowering" was a word!

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ok...good.....Though here is a question. If I am a speeder.....which I am......and I consistently go at least 20km/h (bout 10mph) over the speed limit....which I always do....can I then hog the left lane? I mean...isn't there a point, speed-wise, after which if someone is in THAT kinda hurry that they should just find their own way???

Or should I still be courteous to the guy trying to go 140km/h in a 80km/h zone?

PS. All of the above is for city driving........on highways I only hog the center lane (if available) or right lane.

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I like the fact that it's "65MPH or faster". Wish Texas would have that. They already have the left lane for passing thing.


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New Left Lane Law in Colorado

As far as I can tell, it only applies to the interstates. However, if you saw a sign saying that the left lane is only for passing, I suppose you would still have to respect that law as long as no one else is in the right lane.

At the very least, it seems that this law was genuinely placed to reduce road rage - As opposed to speed limits that are kept low on purpose to increase the revenue from speeding tickets. Otherwise, the fine would be much higher!

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