Those motorists who speed up beside you then cut you off
when their lane ends are once again 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.
Another bill being offered by Geller would allow certain
truckers access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
The bill - S200 - would authorize any vehicle, including
light-duty trucks, fueled by biodiesel or natural gas to use the special lanes.
As for the zipper bill, Florida law already makes it
unlawful to cross a solid line to pass another vehicle. But Geller has proposed
expanding the law to make it a moving violation to cut in line in front of
The bill - S172 - would apply to drivers who are "exiting or
entering a roadway, merging, or traveling through a designated construction
This is Geller's third attempt at getting stricter rules
through the Legislature.
He originally 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 effort has yet to make it out of committee. In hopes
that this year will be different, his latest effort is awaiting assignment to a
committee for consideration during the session that begins in March.
- By Keith Goble,
state legislative editor