Those motorists who speed up beside you then cut you off
when their lane ends are the target of legislation in Florida.
Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, has filed a bill that
could earn offending drivers, commonly referred to as “zippers,” a ticket.
Florida law already makes it unlawful to cross a solid line
to pass another vehicle, The Miami Herald reported. But Geller has
proposed expanding the law to make it a moving violation to jump in line in
front of other drivers.
The bill – S774 – would apply to drivers who are “exiting or
entering a roadway, merging, or traveling through a designated construction
This is Geller’s second attempt at getting stricter rules
through the Legislature.
In 2004, he introduced a similar bill in response to his
experience driving to a Marlins playoff game. As he waited to exit the Florida
Turnpike, 90 minutes before game time and with the stadium in sight, no one was
moving – except the people who were cutting around Geller and other people in
“All these jerks were just zooming by on the left,” he said
at the time.
The bill never made it out of committee. In hopes that this
year will be different, his new bill has been sent to the Senate Transportation
and Criminal Justice committees for consideration during the session that
begins in May.