Minnesota’ top Senate Republican is pushing an effort to
keep drivers from lingering in the left lane.
The bill, introduced Feb .14 by Senate Minority Leader Dick
Day of Owatonna, would reserve the left lane of all multilane roadways,
including freeways and expressways, for drivers passing other vehicles.
SF977 would exempt drivers who are in
the left lane to turn or exit, avoid emergency vehicles, avoid road hazards or
if they are directed there by law enforcement.
The Minnesota Department of
Transportation would be responsible for posting signs to alert drivers to the
restriction. The agency also would be required to do radio ads to remind
drivers about the dangers of aggressive driving and to stay in the right lane
if not passing.
“We can’t be responsible for the guy
who wants to exceed the speed limit,” Day wrote in a proposed radio script.
“Just get out of his way, and let the highway patrol worry about him.”
The bill is in the Senate Transportation Committee.
Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-North St. Paul, has introduced similar
legislation. SF6 doesn’t include a requirement to do public service
announcements. Wiger’s bill is also in the Senate Transportation Committee.