A North Carolina state lawmaker
has introduced a bill intended to keep slowpokes out of the left lane on the
state’s multilane highways.
Sponsored by Rep. Stephen LaRoque,
R-Kinston, the bill would give troopers more authority to ticket drivers who go
too slowly in the left lane, blocking the normal flow of traffic.
“Upon any highway having four or
more lanes for moving traffic and providing for the two‑way movement of
traffic, no vehicle being driven slower than the normal speed of other vehicles
… shall be driven in the leftmost travel lane,” LaRoque wrote.
The only exceptions to blocking
the normal flow of traffic would be for passing, left turns or exiting.
The North Carolina Department of
Transportation would be responsible for posting signs in certain locations that
read “Left lane for passing only.”
The department estimates it would
have to post as many as 2,600 signs at a cost as much as $1.6 million.
HB12 is in the Rules, Calendar, and Operations
of the House Committee.