Florida bill targeting lane ‘zippers’ dies

| 5/21/2007

A bill in the Florida Legislature died that targeted those motorists who speed up beside you, then cut you off when their lane ends. The offending drivers are commonly referred to as “zippers.”

Sponsored by Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, the bill to authorize ticketing offending drivers remained in the Senate Transportation 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 – S172 – would have applied to drivers who are “exiting or entering a roadway, merging, or traveling through a designated construction zone.”

This was Geller’s third failed 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 line.

“All these jerks were just zooming by on the left,” he said at the time.

The bill has yet to make it out of committee.