All drivers in Mississippi would be required to slow down on
major thoroughfares under a bill in the state House.
Another legislative effort in the Mississippi Senate is
intended to keep slowpokes out of the left lane on the state’s multilane
Rep. Erik Fleming,
D-Jackson, has offered a proposal that would permit the Mississippi
Transportation Commission to decide which highways should have speeds dropped
at night from 70 mph to 65 mph. Highways affected by the proposal would see speeds
remain at 70 mph during the day.
The bill – HB104 – is
in the House Transportation Committee.
A similar effort
offered by Fleming during the 2004 session failed to make it out of the same
Sen. Johnnie Walls,
D-Greenville, has introduced two bills – SB2499 and SB2500 – to authorize
troopers to ticket drivers who go too slowly in the far left lane of multilane
highways in the state.
The effort is
intended to prevent slower moving vehicles from blocking the normal flow of
Those who lag in the
left lane could be ticketed and fined $25 with no points off the
SB2499 includes a
provision to require the Mississippi Department of Transportation to post signs
directing slow-moving traffic to stay to the right. SB2500 doesn’t include the
Violators would be
fined $25 under the measures. Both are before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
An unrelated bill
would penalize drivers for blocking or preventing an emergency vehicle from
using the left-most lane of roadways. Under a measure offered by Rep. Mark
Formby, R-Picayune, violators would face a fine up to $100 and/or up to 10 days
The bill – HB497 – is
in the House Judiciary Committee.