Delaware lawmakers advance revised left-lane restriction

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Friday, May 18, 2012

The Delaware House voted unanimously to advance a bill to the Senate to keep slowpokes out of the fast lane.

Delaware law already requires drivers to stay right on multilane roadways when traveling slower than the normal speed of traffic.

Intended to combat aggressive driving on the state’s multilane highways, the bill would revamp the rule to cover drivers impeding traffic in the far left-hand lane. A change made to the bill clarifies that drivers traveling at the posted speed limit in the left lane would not be in violation.

Law enforcement could issue citations for using the left lane for anything other than passing, or turning left. Offenders could face fines up to $115 for “driving in the left lane of a multilane roadway when it impedes the flow of other traffic,” Rep. William Carson, D-Smyrna, wrote.

Committee findings on the bill show that “there may be some issues with enforcement of the bill’s provisions, but found that the bill had educational value as the concept is taught to student drivers.”

Supporters say limiting the left lane for passing only would result in improved traffic flow, reducing the number of drivers who impede traffic.

The bill – HB140 – is awaiting consideration in the Senate Highways & Transportation Committee.

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