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Left lane hogs - BEWARE!!!!!!!

Just copied this off of AOL news.

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Target: Left Lane Hogs - Finally!
by Eric Peters

Some good news: Left lane hogs are finally getting the attention they deserve from traffic cops -- and traffic laws.

In at least two states -- Colorado and Florida -- cops are begiining to target drivers who squat in the far left lane and refuse to move right to let faster-moving traffic get by. For decades, these drivers have been allowed to create rolling roadblocks and interrupt the smooth (and therfore safe) flow of traffic with virtual impunity because "faiure to yield" laws were either not on the books -- or not enforced. And twenty-plus years of ddumbed-down, politicized "driver's education" and "safety" campaigns had effectively propagandized the populace into believing their was only one cardinal sin -- "speeding."

And so the focus of traffic "safety" enforcement was speed limit laws -- which of course were often ridiculous (the best example being the 55-mph National Maximum Speed Limit that Congress finally repealed in 1995. But these under-posted, artificially low speed limits were found to be very useful in terms of generating an unforseen flow of easy money for state and local governments -- who soon became addicted. And it was so much easier for traffic cops to simply shoot fish in a barrel with their radar guns -- because almost every car on the road was going faster than the absurdly low posted limits.

Much easier than actually looking for dangerous drivers, anyhow.

This is finally changing, though.

In Colorado, state police have written more than 500 tickets to left lane hogs since the beginning of the year; in Florida, a bill is on the legilstive docket that would impose a $60 fine and four DMV "demerit points" on the driving record of motorists who refuse to allow faster moving traffic by.

Twenty years ago, this would have been an unthinkable violation of the politically correct orthodoxy that onle "speed kills" -- and therefore only enforcing speed limits (no matter how absurd or contrived) matters.

But in fact, people who refuse to move right represent a major traffic safety hazard -- whether "they doing the speed limit" (as they often bleat in self-righteous high dudgeon) or not.

By refusing to allow other motorists to get by, the left lane dawdler causes traffic to back up unnaturally; drivers then angrily jockey for position -- and typically are forced into making a passing attempt in the right lane to get around the hog -- who seems to get some sort of weird passive-aggressive satisfaction from his obstinancy.

The situation is frustrating, distracting -- and very unsafe. In fact, the lack of reflexive lane courtesy in this country is arguably the biggest single safety problem we have -- not "speeding."

Consider the example of Germany -- where yielding to faster-moving traffic is part of the national culture and adhered to religiously. As a result, it is possible for the Germans to have unlimited speed Autobahns -- where drivers in the left lane often overtake other cars at tripe digit speeds. But because German drivers are taught to use their mirrors -- and immediately move right to allow faster-moving approaching cars to pass -- they have a lower accident and fatality rate than we do here in the United States with our dumbed-down speed limits.

It will take time for the facts about the danger of left lane hogging to sink into the general consciousness -- the consequence of 20-plus years of neglect and outright disinformation peddled by know-nothing "safety" advocates.

But, at last, things are beginning to change for the better.

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I hate when slower drivers stick to the left lanes... however... isn't this kind of stupid? I mean... Isn't this saying that it's okay for people to speed????

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either this is a repost or I read it on another website

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I think it came up in another place on here somewhere, but I dont' think it was an actual topic? Or was it....

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I hate when slower drivers stick to the left lanes... however... isn't this kind of stupid? I mean... Isn't this saying that it's okay for people to speed????
People are going to speed regardless of whatever laws or speed limits are in place. If more people were considerate and moved over for faster traffic, there would be a lot less road rage and accidents.

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which is more dangerous?

all cars left lane travelling 10-15 over the limit...

or

...all cars in the left lane travellin 10-15 over the limit, except that one that's going 50 in the left lane that everyone catches up to all of the sudden.
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either this is a repost or I read it on another website
I posted this on about 7 different forums, so you might have read it at one of those.

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I think there are a *few* other states that have a "keep right except when passing" or "slower traffic keep right" laws.

I had some asshat pull up next to me, in the left lane and match my speed. (I REALLY try not to speed since my last ticket.) Well he's matching my speed and about a dozen cars stack up behind him. I drop it down a gear and shoot up ahead of him to either 1. Have him get over or 2. Have the people pass around him in the right lane.

Well, fortunately the driver pulled his head out of his rectum and let the other drivers pass without incident.

On my trip to FL, I let my grandpa drive some. He zones out and just cruises along in the left lane. People stacking up behind us.

I used to cruise along in the left lane at 75-80mph (limit is 65). If I saw someone coming up faster. I got over ASAP.

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I was riding with someone who got in the left lane put on the cruise control and just stayed in that lane. I asked why he was doing this.
His excuse was that way he could use his cruise control and not worry about coming up on anyone slower than him and have to take it off

Yes I too have pulled in front of someone going slower then slowed way down myself. Then when the slow driver slid back right to pass me, I sped up letting all the cars that had been backed up behind him pass through.
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Originally Posted by "LavOr5dr"
either this is a repost or I read it on another website
Similar thread, not repost:

http://mazda3forums.com/viewtopic.ph...ight=left+lane


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