North Carolina bill targets left-lane laggards

| 4/5/2005

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.