Florida bill aimed at creating harsher penalties for slow left-lane drivers: ‘Supposed to move over’

Florida bill aimed at creating harsher penalties for slow left-lane drivers: ‘Supposed to move over’

Florida legislators have introduced a bill that would impose tougher sanctions on drivers who fail to move out of the left lane of highways and roads, colloquially referred to as “slow left-lane drivers”.

Under the proposed legislation, drivers who linger in the left lane of a multi-lane highway or road would be subject to a non-moving violation, with a fine of up to $60. Additionally, a second offense within five years would result in a fine of up to $100 and three points on the offender’s license.

The bill’s proponents argue that the current laws do not adequately deter motorists from obstructing the flow of traffic. To address this issue, the bill seeks to impose a higher penalty for left-lane violations than the current infraction, which carries a $25 fine.

The bill’s sponsors have argued that the left lane of highways and roads should be used exclusively for passing slower-moving vehicles, and that “slow left-lane drivers” impede the flow of traffic and create dangerous driving conditions.

Lawmakers have noted that the bill is intended to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on Florida highways and roads. The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Joe Gruters, stated that the current law is not “effective enough to change people’s behavior.”

The proposed legislation has received support from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Highway Patrol, both of which have expressed their belief that stricter penalties for left-lane violations will help reduce traffic congestion and improve roadway safety.

The bill must now pass both chambers of the Florida legislature before it can be sent to the governor for his signature. If the bill is approved, it would take effect on Oct. 1, 2021.