Legislation in Mississippi that
sought to slow down drivers on major thoroughfares will have to wait until next
Another legislative effort
intended to keep slowpokes out of the left lane on the state’s multilane
highways met the same fate.
The efforts failed to be reported
out of committee prior to the Feb. 1 deadline for House and Senate panels to
report out bills and constitutional amendments originating in their chambers.
Rep. Erik Fleming, D-Jackson, 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
The bill – HB104 – remained in the House Transportation Committee at the deadline.
effort offered by Fleming during the 2004 session also failed to make it out of
the same committee.
offered by Sen. Johnnie Walls, D-Greenville – SB2499 and SB2500 – authorized
troopers to ticket drivers who go too slowly in the far left lane of multilane
highways in the state.
effort was intended to prevent slower moving vehicles from blocking the normal
flow of traffic.
lag in the left lane could have been ticketed
and fined $25 with no points off the drivers’ licenses.
included a provision to require the Mississippi Department of Transportation to
post signs directing slow-moving traffic to stay to the right. SB2500 didn’t
include the provision.
would be fined $25 under the measures. Both bills remained in the Senate
unrelated bill to penalize drivers for blocking or preventing an emergency
vehicle from using the left-most lane of roadways also failed to move from
committee. The bill – HB497 – was in the House Judiciary Committee.