month of June, designated "Lane Courtesy Month" by the
National Motorists Association, has seen some strong success in
making motorists think about yielding the left lane to faster
moving traffic, the organization said in a statement.
been a very widely recognized effort, and we've had good response,"
says Eric Skrum, NMA communications director.
says achieving a high degree of lane courtesy on America's highways
will require a commitment to education, public relations, and
a more enlightened approach to traffic management.
and federal agencies have invested billions of dollars in public
relations campaigns promoting traffic law compliance, seat-belt
usage, construction zone safety and anti-drinking and driving
says lane courtesy has been largely ignored, perhaps because this
is one concept most motorists endorse.
small investment to promote lane courtesy and how it works would
pay major dividends," he says. "Add in an educational
component for beginning drivers and reminders for older drivers
and the benefits would be immediate."
he said, the major entrenched obstacle to the firm establishment
of a lane courtesy ethic still remains – politically concocted
long as low speed limits allow slower drivers to usurp the left
lane under the claim of moral superiority, 'I'm doing the speed
limit,' we will not realize the full benefits of a national lane
courtesy ethic," says Skrum. "Until the establishment
of rational speed limits (those that reflect the actual prevailing
speeds on each highway system), the current limits will remain
the most entrenched impediment to the faster, smoother, safer
and more efficient travel our highways can inherently offer.”
says the repeal of the 55 mph national maximum speed limit in
1995 was a big step forward, but there's still a long way to go.
of the political obstacles, America needs and deserves a lane
courtesy ethic," he says.
National Motorists Association was established in 1982 to represent
the interests and rights of North American motorists. It operates
at the national level and through a system of state chapters.
The NMA is supported through the contributions of individuals,
families and small businesses.