Gov. Rod Blagojevich has signed a bill that targets slow pokes who
drive in the left lane of Illinois highways, state officials told Land Line Aug. 6.
would allow law-enforcement officials to pull over and ticket motorists
who hold up other traffic in the left lane of “controlled access
bill, sponsored by Rep. John Millner, R-Carol Stream, passed the
House 99-13 on March 26, and cleared the Senate by a vote of 40-10
on May 13.
told The Daily Herald that the law could make roads safer.
appears that some of the difficulties that we see with some of the
traffic accidents come from the fact that some drivers are trying
to pass, are frustrated with that left lane being blocked and so
they move to the middle lane and change and that's not what the
intention of the traffic laws are," Blagojevich told the newspaper.
new law could effectively move many trucks out of the left lane.
Illinois currently has a split speed limit that requires trucks
to move 10 mph slower than other vehicles on many of the state’s
crowded highways. Blagojevich recently vetoed a measure that would
have ended the split, HB1186, also citing safety concerns.