A new effort intended to keep most drivers out of Florida’s fast lanes
again is up for consideration in the state.
The Florida Legislature previously approved a bill this year intended
to combat aggressive driving on the state’s multilane highways by reducing the
number of drivers in the far left-hand lane. But Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed the
effort when it was sent to his desk.
Bush said in his veto message that the measure would punish people
driving the speed limit for not getting out of the way of speeders. He also
said there’s no proof of a problem that would require such a rule.
The new effort – again dubbed the Road Rage Reduction Act – would give
law enforcement more authority to ticket drivers who block traffic, even if
they are driving the speed limit.
Opponents say the bill is “code for increasing speed limits” and
supports the actions of speeding drivers rubbing up behind slower drivers.
Supporters say the measure would avert dangerous situations where frustrated
motorists stuck behind a slower-moving vehicle try to pass on the right.
Those who lag in the left lane could be ticketed and fined $60 with
four points against their driver’s licenses.
The law would not apply when there are no other vehicles in the left
Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, the bill’s sponsor, said the effort’s
intent is simple.
“We’re trying to figure out a way to increase traffic flow and prevent
citizens from accidents and road rage,” he told the Sun-Sentinel.
S224 has been referred to three Senate panels for review once the
regular legislative session begins in March.