A bill in the Florida Legislature that targeted motorists
who speed up beside you, then cut you off when their lane ends has died. The
offending drivers are commonly referred to as “zippers.”
Sponsored by Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, the bill
to authorize ticketing zippers remained in the Senate Criminal Justice
Committee when the session ended, effectively killing it for the year.
Florida law already makes it unlawful to cross a solid line
to pass another vehicle, The Miami Herald reported. But Geller’s bill
sought to expand the law to make it a moving violation to jump in line in front
of other drivers.
The bill – S774 – would have applied to drivers who are
“exiting or entering a roadway, merging, or traveling through a designated
This was Geller’s second failed 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
Just like this year, the 2004 bill never made it out of