A West Virginia lawmaker has introduced legislation
intended to keep slowpokes out of the left lane on the state’s multilane
The measure, introduced by Sen. Billy Wayne Bailey,
D-Pineville, would create a new traffic offense for driving under 55 mph in the
passing lanes of interstate highways.
Under SB7, troopers would be given the flexibility to
ticket drivers who go too slowly in the left lane, blocking the normal flow of
traffic. It provides a fine of $50 plus court costs.
The bill is under consideration in the Senate
Transportation Committee. Committee Chair Mike Ross, D-Coalton, told The
Charleston Gazette Jan. 19 that the bill’s chances for passage aren’t any
better now than in previous years that Bailey has sponsored it.
“We’ll take a look at it. I don’t know that they’ll move
it,” Ross said.