Florida lawmaker targets lane cutters

| Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Those motorists who speed up beside you then cut you off when their lane ends are the targets of legislation in Florida.

Under legislation sponsored by state Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, the behavior could earn those offenders a ticket, three points on their license and a fine of more than $80.

Florida law already makes it unlawful to cross a solid line to pass another vehicle, The Miami Herald reported. But Geller, tired of people cutting in front of him on South Florida roadways, has proposed expanding the law to make it a moving violation to jump in line in front of other drivers.

“People who think they’re better than the rest of us, they just go to the front,” Geller told the newspaper. “If I’m going to wait, I want everyone to wait.”

S2624 would apply to drivers who are “exiting or entering a roadway, merging or traveling through a designated construction zone.”

Geller said his proposal was inspired last year while driving to a Marlins playoff game. As he waited to exit the Florida Turnpike, 90 minutes before game time and with the stadium in sight, no one was moving – except the people who were cutting around Geller and other people in line.

“All these jerks were just zooming by on the left,” he said.

The bill has been forwarded to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

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