Mississippi legislation seeks to clear left lane

| 2/19/2008

Two bills up for consideration in the Mississippi Senate are intended to increase safety on highways in the state.

State law now requires vehicles driving slower than the normal speed of traffic to drive in the right-hand lane of multilane highways. Vehicles are allowed to merge left to overtake and pass slower moving traffic.

Sen. Johnnie Walls Jr., D-Greenville, has introduced a bill – SB2213 – that would require all truckers and other drivers on multilane highways to stay to the right and yield to faster-moving vehicles. Violators would face $25 fines.

The measure also would require the Mississippi Department of Transportation to post signs directing slow-moving traffic to use the right lane on highways divided into four or more lanes.

A separate effort – SB2262 – also introduced by Walls includes the requirement that drivers on affected highways yield to others traveling at higher rates of speed. However, it doesn’t include the provision to post signage.

The bills are in the Senate Judiciary B committee. The deadline to advance from the committee to the Senate floor is Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor