The Louisiana State Police will start issuing tickets Thursday, Oct. 1, for holding up traffic by lingering in the left lane.
Many local police departments have been writing tickets since the law took effect Aug. 15. The State Police and some other police departments opted to hold off on ticketing offenders until Thursday. Troopers who have spotted infractions during the past six weeks have issued warnings instead of writing tickets.
Col. Michael Edmonson said it is part of the patrol’s duty to provide public education of the left-lane rule.
Louisiana law already prohibits vehicles from using the left lane if they are moving at less than the normal speed of traffic. But the new rule addresses the difficulty the troopers had enforcing it.
Intent on stopping “rolling roadblocks,” the new law makes the left lane off-limits for cars and trucks except for passing. Exceptions to the lane rule are made for preparing to turn at an intersection or when the right lane is congested.
At least 20 states have similar left-lane restriction rules, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kansas and Oklahoma have approved their own restrictions this year. The Kansas lane restriction took effect early this summer while the Oklahoma law is scheduled for implementation Nov. 1.
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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor
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