South Carolina Senate approved a bill March 9 intended to combat aggressive
driving on interstates in the state. It has been forwarded to the House for
bill’s sponsor, Sen. Harvey Peeler, said slow left-lane drivers force others to pass them on the right, causing
accidents and frustration.
“It’s the No. 1 cause of road rage in South Carolina,” he said.
response, Peeler, R-Gaffney, offered the bill to prohibit drivers from
lingering in the left lanes of interstates. Instead, S307 would reserve the
left lane for drivers passing other vehicles.
bill allows the Highway Patrol to determine when to ticket left-lane drivers.
the bill is signed into law, drivers who stay too long in the passing lane
would be given a warning – but only for the first 90 days. After that,
offenders would face fines ranging from $75 to $150. No points would be added
to the driver’s license.
It would not apply when there are no other vehicles in the left
lane. Also, drivers would be exempt if they are in the left lane to turn or
exit, or if traffic doesn’t allow them to merge back to the right.