The left lane is for passing, the right lane is for driving. Everyone should’ve learned this important maxim the second they started highway driving in driver’s ed, and yet there are boatloads of drivers out there who squat in the left lane and hold up traffic like it’s their job.
Well, the Colorado State Patrol is sick of this practice, and to ensure that drivers in The Centennial State abide by the rules of the road, they uploaded a video to their official Facebook page, featuring a particularly annoyed state trooper who’s clearly had enough of left-lane campers. The cop even included a handy visual aid and everything, just to make sure nothing was lost in translation. Considering that the video racked up nearly three million views in only two days, we’d say that the message was heard loud and clear.
Not all that surprisingly, there have been efforts all over the country to cut down on left-lane hogging. In 2014, Georgia passed the “Slowpoke Law,” which threatens a penalty of $1,000 in fines, three points on the driver’s license, and a massive increase in insurance premiums for drivers who stay in the left lane when a faster car is approaching. Idaho is another state that penalizes folks who cruise in the left lane for too long.
“If vehicles are moving slower, it can cause accidents and crashes. Guys will make traffic stops on it,” said Lieutenant Shawn Staley of the Idaho State Police, according to The Drive.
“It is a pet peeve for most motorists. We as officers are just like most people. If we see a problem that can be dangerous, we will issue citations.”
So, if you’re not a left-lane squatter, good for you. If you are, then you better change your driving habits quick, or you could soon have a costly ticket coming your way.
This post was originally published on March 25, 2019.