Florida lawmaker targets lane 'zippers'

| 3/13/2006

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 zone.”

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 line.

“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.