Florida House voted 109-4 April 5 to approve a bill intended to keep most
drivers out of the fast lane. It now moves to the Senate, which is considering
a similar measure.
Ken Sorensen, R-Key Largo, said he sponsored the bill – HB157 – to combat
aggressive driving on the state’s multilane highways by reducing the number of
drivers in the far left-hand lane.
the “Road Rage Reduction Act,” it would give law enforcement more authority to
ticket drivers who block traffic, even if they are driving the speed limit.
say the bill is “code for increasing speed limits” and supports the actions of
speeding drivers rubbing up behind slower drivers.
bill has nothing to do with speed,” Sorensen told the Orlando Sentinel. “It used to be a courtesy to move over to the right.”
Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, echoed Sorensen on
the issue of speeding.
not trying to encourage speeding,” Bennett told the Sun-Sentinel. “We’re
trying to encourage safety.”
who lag in the left lane could be ticketed and fined $60 with four points
against their driver’s licenses.
law would not apply when there are no other vehicles in the left lane.
said the effort’s intent was simple.
trying to figure out a way to increase traffic flow and prevent citizens from
accidents and road rage,” he said.