Those motorists who speed up
beside you, then cut you off when their lane ends are the target of a measure
moving through the Florida Legislature.
The Senate Transportation
Committee voted 5-1 to advance 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 Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, 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
This year’s effort has been sent
to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. If approved there, it would move to
the full Senate for consideration.