Florida bill targeting lane 'zippers' dies

| Monday, June 05, 2006

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 construction zone.”

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 line.

Just like this year, the 2004 bill never made it out of committee.