Colorado bill clearing left lane advances

| Friday, January 30, 2004

A House panel unanimously approved legislation intended to keep slowpokes out of the left lane on Colorado’s multilane highways.

The measure would give troopers the flexibility to ticket drivers who go too slowly in the left lane, blocking the normal flow of traffic.

The House Transportation and Energy Committee approved the bill Jan. 28. It now heads to the House floor for consideration.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, hopes HB1076 cuts down on road rage and eases traffic woes on the state’s highways.

“Over the 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.”

Those who 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.

Current Colorado law allows for drivers to use the left lane as long as they are traveling a “normal rate of speed.”

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