panel unanimously approved legislation intended to keep slowpokes out of
the left lane on Colorado’s multilane highways.
would give troopers the flexibility to ticket drivers who go too slowly
in the left lane, blocking the normal flow of traffic.
Transportation and Energy Committee approved the bill Jan. 28. It now heads
to the House floor for consideration.
sponsor, Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, hopes HB1076 cuts down on road rage
and eases traffic woes on the state’s highways.
last few years, we’ve seen more and more drivers in that left-hand lane,
and it’s becoming increasingly dangerous,” Madden recently told Denver’s KUSA
TV. “This bill basically tells people, ‘You drive in the right-hand
lane, you go into the left lane to pass and then, if possible, you get
back over as soon as you can.”
lag in the left lane could be ticketed and fined between $15 and $100 with
no points off the driver’s license if they are blocking the flow of traffic.
Colorado law allows for drivers to use the left lane as long as they are
traveling a “normal rate of speed.”