Dear MOby,

So, I just read in my local paper, the Orange County Register, that you’re legally within your rights if you’re tooling along in the left lane of the freeway with traffic backing up behind you, as long as you’re doing the speed limit. Which I think is mostly 65 mph around here. Is this true? I thought there was a law in California against impeding the flow or something like that? I know it makes it even more dangerous for me on my Street Glide when people make sudden moves to go around drivers going slow in the left lane. Please advise.

Slow Simmer
Brea, California


Right you are, SS, and it’s been on the books long enough you’d think people would know about it, wouldn’t you? Especially people whose job is to investigate things for dissemination to the public. I wrote a column about it in 2002 for Motorcycle.com, and here it is again:

California Vehicle Code 21654
Daily Diatribe
Mar. 20, 2002 

Heck, there just isn’t much pissing me off to write about these days, unfortunately. The race season’s started, the wife hired a gardener, the hole in the boat is fixed, spring is here. If not for George Bush wanting to issue nuclear hand grenades to our troops, I’d be a reasonably content hominid, if I hadn’t been flipping through my new Road & Track and read this letter from one Bob Tindel of beautiful Redlands, California.

The topic–and pardon me for coming back to it again–is deadshits holding up traffic in the left lane of the freeway. Take it away Bob… “I recently retired from 32 years with the California Highway Patrol and have written many tickets for these violations. Unfortunately, a driver moving at the speed limit on a multi-lane freeway is not in violation and has no duty to move over and let traffic pass.”

This sent me in a huff (may have been a minute-and-a-huff) straight to the California Vehicle Code at the local library. I flipped around the index, found passing and overtaking, and spent a total of maybe five minutes in coming to Section 21654–Slow-moving vehicles:

(a) Notwithstanding the prima facie speed limits, any vehicle proceeding upon a highway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic… except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

(b) If a vehicle is being driven at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time, and is not being driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, it shall constitute prima facie evidence that the driver is operating the vehicle in violation of subdivision (a) of this section.

(c) The Department of Transportation, with respect to state highways, and local authorities, with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, may place and maintain upon highways official signs directing slow-moving traffic to use the right-hand traffic lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or preparing for a left turn.

Seems pretty clear to me (except for the “notwithstanding” opening of paragraph (a), which means in spite of, or although–which means never mind the speed limit.) I don’t know whether to blame former-Officer Tindel, or the people who trained him (or failed to), or to crack another Natural Light and cry. I mean, if I can look this up in a few minutes, you’d think at some point during his 32-year career, especially if it bugged him, Officer Tindel might’ve checked it out himself? What do they do during all those gruelling weeks at CHP boot camp anyway? (Personally, I’m picturing a man in a neatly trimmed mustache using a pointer to identify the various members of the donut family. “You’ve got your cruller, your glazed, your cake….”) Apparently they’re not wasting time reading the Vehicle Code.

All I can repeat is what I’ve been told by others sworn to uphold the manifold laws of the land: Ignorance is no excuse.


Most states have a similar law to California’s, which are also widely ignored. On a positive note, I have been seeing more articles like this one in U.S. News and World Report, “Cracking Down on Drivers Holding Up the Left Lane”, so maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. For now, be happy you have a motorcycle and live in the only state where lane splitting is legal. Eternal vigilance is the cost of freedom.

Holding Up Traffic

  • Mad4TheCrest

    I guess the confusion is over the phrase ‘… at normal speed’. Does that mean the posted limit, or the speed at which traffic is currently flowing, or the ‘normal’ (I.e, flagrant) speed usually run on a particular highway section, limit bedamned?

    Although I’d like the interpretation of that hazy code to be one of the latter two, I suspect LEO reads it as the first definition in that list.

    • Old MOron

      No, the code says, “Notwithstanding the prima facie speed limits…”
      So the posted speed limit does not apply to the determination of normal speed.

      • Mad4TheCrest

        Ok, next time I get pulled while in the left lane for 15 over I’ll tell the officer I was avoiding a code violation by ensuring I was at ‘normal speed’ notwithstanding the prima facie limit. We’ll see how that goes …

        • Old MOron

          LOL, I imagine the LEO’s reply will be something like, “Good work, Son. You are not in violation of CVC21654. However you ARE in violation of the maximum posted speed limit. Put your hands on the hood of my car and spread your feet. Wider!”

    • Gruf Rude

      Don’t forget that the Highway Patrol in many states will pull you over for a mile or two over the limit as an excuse to engage in their drug interdiction routine. Bottom line: there are no good answers.

      • Mad4TheCrest

        I’ve seen that many times on popular back roads; mainly to sweep for out of code aftermarket turn signals and exhausts. You can fight a speed violation, but fixit tickets are a different matter.

      • toomanycrayons

        “Bottom line: there are no good answers.”-Gruf Rude

        Ignorance of the [ignorance] is no excuse?

        • Gruf Rude

          It means you are screwed if you have a left-laner blocking you at the speed limit.

  • Jon Jones

    Rolling Roadblocks NEVER get ticketed.

    Infuriating.

  • BDan75

    I’ve never understood the apparent ignorance on this point (I know some do it because “nobody needs to go faster than me”).

    I mean, how do you learn to drive without finding out about this rule? You know that you drive on the right…that you yield to oncoming traffic when making a left at an uncontrolled intersection…you know what Stop and Yield mean (maybe)….you obviously know all kinds of things about driving, but somehow you don’t know that you aren’t supposed to sit in the left lane while cars pile up behind you?

    Okay, you don’t. But how does it not sink in after the first few times people flash their lights, honk, aggressively pass on the right and flip you off….?

    • Jon Jones

      Agreed. How is this not SO OBVIOUS?

    • Jason

      Many people don’t learn to drive nor are they required to. While license requirements are becoming more and more strict for young drivers plenty of states don’t require any driver’s ed for people over 18. Show your documents, pay the fee, take a short multiple choice test, and you are unleashed on the public with a newly minted driver’s license. Some might require you to drive around the block, return to the DMV and park.

    • Brian Clasby

      . . . and as oft as not will have a “coexist” bumper sticker . . .

  • John B.

    You’ll love this one: A couple weeks ago I was riding into Buena Vista, Colorado. As I approached town, I reduced my speed to a mile or two below the posted 35 MPH limit. Then, I saw an officer parked on the side of the road. I quickly glanced at my speed-O again, which showed 34 MPH. YES!!

    I rode by the officer, and he immediately pulls out behind me with lights and siren blaring!!! MOTHER!!! I quickly pulled into a parking lot and waited for the officer to approach.

    The officer stomps up to me and says, “You know why I pulled you over?” I could tell he was really pissed. I say, “Umm, NO!”

    He says, “Because you were flashing your headlight on and off; what’s the emergency?” (Apparently, he thought I was flashing my headlights to beguile other drivers into letting me pass them.)

    I said, “I have a headlight modulator on my motorcycle that flashes the headlight during daylight hours; Federal law makes it legal in all 50 states including Colorado.”

    He says, “I see thousands of motorcycles pass through here in the summer, and I have never seen that before. I would have seen that before if it was [sic] legal.”

    I said, “Well, I was named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, so you can …. ” Okay, I didn’t say that…. I told him he should Google it on his phone, and may have muttered something about the Supremacy Clause and Preemption Doctrine.

    The officer walked away, and calls for backup. A minute later a second police car pulls up with lights and siren blaring. There I am, once again, on Main Street looking like a fugitive.

    The first officer comes back and says, “Since this is a LAWFUL stop, pursuant to Colorado Law, I need your license, registration, and proof of insurance.” I said, “Sure, no problem, BUT when you stop someone for doing something lawful, in the law business we call that AN UNLAWFUL STOP!!!”

    After about 15 minutes, he comes back and says, “I’m going to let you go with a warning.” I asked, “What’s the warning? I didn’t do anything wrong.”

    He says, “Well, I have to look further into this modulator law, so I’m not giving you a ticket at this time.” He then apologized for “coming on so strong” and handed me his business card, and said I could go to the police department website and leave a review of the traffic stop. I was like, “What a country!”

    I told him it was just a misunderstanding, and not to worry. Then, I rolled down the road, headlight flashing.

    God Bless America!

    • Jon Jones

      Just. Wow.

      And Yikes.

      Small-town cops can really be a scary bunch. I crawl through smaller towns when touring.

    • Douglas

      Many LEO think flashing headlite is a warning to other motorists of radar presence & to slow down. That could, in some cases, be ruled obstruction of justice and/or interfering w/law enforcement (which I guess is feasible). And I was told by our CMA regional rep, who is a senior OKCPD sergeant, that it is NEVER ok to speed. However…..he said they will always allow 5-6mph over due to speedo inaccuracy (except in school zones) or maybe when passing on a 2 lane (if done safely). It’s often a judgement call, which they really don’t like to do.

      Oklahoma just recently passed the lane obstruction bill and now signs are posted on our 3 interstates and the toll expys prohibiting continued driving in the left lane. Technically,the limits are the same in both lanes, but many will stay left because it’s usually smoother due to lighter usage. (Our roads & bridges are among the worst in the country).

      • John B.

        I recall a case a few years ago that held (get this) flashing your headlights to alert oncoming drivers to a speed trap is protected speech pursuant to the First Amendment. As such, you may not be given a ticket for flashing your headlights for that reason.

        I live in Dallas and ride in Oklahoma fairly often. Drivers in Texas and Oklahoma ride the speed limit or slower in the left lane all the time even when there is a sign telling them to keep right. It’s very frustrating.

        • Craig Hoffman

          Cool thing is now motorists warn each other about speed traps via Waze, which includes reports from users about objects/road hazards, stalled vehicles, and of course cops. I run Waze all the time, even if I know where I am going, just for this feature. It is a digital revolution – stick it to the man!

          As for left lane slowpokes, I have a theory. There is a secret “Anti Destination Society” whose mission is to frustrate and obstruct traffic. The society’s loyal members tend to drive Prius’s and Subaru’s, and sometimes they work in an official capacity, mindlessly dispensing orange cones for no apparent reason. The ADS is there to ensure your safety by blocking your path to traveling faster, and to make you late to your next appointment…

          • 12er

            When Volvo went upscale they all moved to Prius and Subaru’s…

          • Hello World

            OMG dude… YES, Priuses and Subarus every time with the occasional Minivan. Fun fact, Subaru spelled backwards is U R A BUS. Nothing agains Subarus, I like them, but they are often driven by vigilante speed enforcers you speak of.

          • Born to Ride

            Whoa whoa whoa, take it easy on Subaru drivers. Priuses and Box trucks in the left lane are far more cancerous.

        • papagrune123

          In Texas the left lane is for passing only.. Good way for them to get a ticket if they are caught doing that. The law has been on the books for years, not they have it posted on most of the divided highways.

          • thm4855

            It is the same in Sweden, and also here in Norway , but if the lane right of you is full – its not easy to change, and some dont care, – but think of this people there out om the road – the ambulance or firecar behind you, might be on its way to save your wife, your childrens life, or the firetruck is on its way to save your house to burn down !!!

      • al
    • Sayyed Bashir

      CVC 25251.2. Any motorcycle may be equipped with a means of modulating
      the upper beam of the headlamp between a high and a lower brightness
      at a rate of 200 to 280 flashes per minute.

      • toomanycrayons

        No. Make it stop.

    • Mahatma

      That modulating is just retarded.Stop seeking that attention 🙁

      • John B.

        I’m “retarded” too, so it works for me.

        • Mahatma

          Just remember this when someone else does things that ticks you off 😉

        • therr850

          I used a modulator on a GS850 and GT750 for years (27 and 100k miles on each) and have nothing but love for them. Around here stop signs are only a suggestion. With the modulators the variable light output would get their attention rudely and they would all stop abruptly. Great invention. Unfortunately my current bike has a low voltage sensor that will switch the headlight to the other beam thinking there is an electrical fault. The bike does have a high beam flasher and I keep the switch covered with my index finger. It does get used.

        • James

          What works for me is my two amber halogen fog lights-oncoming traffic notices them even in heavy traffic,and drivers in front of me spot them easily in their mirrors. I’ve been riding for 51 years,and have NEVER seen such dramatic benefits in my safety on the road. (Chances are,though,that if everyone starts using ’em,the cage jockeys’ll go brain-numb to ’em and they won’t be as efficient.

          • Brian Fistler

            The most shocking difference if anything I’ve ever done to increase the awareness of other drivers and reduce people pulling out in front of me was getting a high visibility yellow jacket.

      • Gruf Rude

        Having been hit by an on-coming motorist who claimed, “I didn’t see him!” seeking attention seems like a GOOD thing to me.

        • toomanycrayons

          How many times has an on-coming motorist not hit you? Your calculation is not science, it’s hope.

      • toomanycrayons

        Daylight high beams are another hit-what-you’re-looking-at idea. Really irritating. I love having my eyes burned out by some fool who thinks it’s working for him when oncoming traffic can’t even gauge how far away he is. My new pet peeve is all the damn cyclists I meet on my racing bicycle flashing like some oncoming ambulance/disaster scene. A whole group looks like a rolling carnival. Can’t even tell where they are because the lights are so powerful. I didn’t see two riders in front of one group because of the distraction. The white light show went by, and I could see that the whole group was looking at the flashing red lasers of the riders in front. A couple of hours of that must be fun. Probably have afterimages all night. Stupid fad. If everything is flashing NOTHING STANDS OUT. Basic neurology. Of course, that don’t sell lights and delusional smug safety upticks. A guy ran his m/c into a house around here. Shoulda had flashers on the house. Another guy hit a parked car. Should have flashing lights on EVERYTHING! This Lewis Black moment has been brought to you by the society for visually peaceful and otherly accountable rides….

    • HazardtoMyself

      So a super lawyer’s billable rate has to be at least $500 per hour right? Sounds like at least a 30 minute stop with two officers involved.

      Instead of posting a review of the stop on their site, send them an invoice for your time and the education you provided. You can also include an invitation to provide a conference on lawful and unlawful stops. Of course since it would be out of state the hourly rate will be a little higher along with travel expenses.

      • John B.

        So, Super Lawyer is mostly bullshit. If you have enough money, you can hire a firm to get other lawyers to vote for you. Basically, they broker votes; i.e., “I’ll vote for you, if you vote for me” kind of thing. It works the same for doctors. It’s mostly nonsense. When I have a disagreement with my adult children I sometimes say, “But I’m a Super Lawyer” which annoys them to no end. So there’s that.

        Newsflash! Many police officers hate lawyers. They hate being cross-examined and second guessed. Also, we know the law much better than they do, which seems to irritate them. Government agencies would not pay $500 per hour for me to give a speech on lawful stops etc. They could just ask their local DA to do it for free. Of course, he/she may not know the law very well. Ninety percent of attorneys are terrible. That’s because it’s relatively easy to get into law school these days.

        • Born to Ride

          Would it be more difficult to snooze your way through engineering school or law school? A battle for the ages!

    • Old MOron

      My name, for your information, is Buford T. Justice!

    • Eric

      I used to use a modulator until a near miss and confrontation revealed this: “I saw you flashing your headlight and thought you were letting me turn.” Fair enough – many people in NJ DO flash their lights as a signal to ‘go ahead’.

      Modulator removed and now I run a yellow headlight bulb plus LED running lights.

  • Rick Green

    In the province of British Columbia, Canada, there is a law in place, as of a couple of years ago (although I never see anybody actually getting pulled over for it – most days commuting I see somebody doing the same thing on the highway here): http://www.vancouversun.com/Left+lane+hogs+beware+rules+highway+drivers+could+ticket/11131792/story.html

    • Brian Davis

      In around 2008 IL passed a law that on multi lane hwy slow traffic stay right pass on left and no passing on right and for a while that was enforced I left to 2012 to come home to Fl where the hwy is covered with slower traffic keep right signs and we know how well that works. Also I had a discussion with a LEO and had to explain the difference in a flashing headlight an a modulation headlight as described in federal laws.

      • FreelancerMG

        Be careful with that argument. What may be allowed at the federal level isn’t always true at the municipal or state level. If you were not on an interstate and on state or municipal jurisdiction, the local laws would take precedence. This is how a lot of small dinky towns make quite a bit of money as people leave the interstate onto a small branching road and run afoul of some random local law there to generate fines. Some state have gotten smart to this and made traffic preemption laws but not many state have.

  • JMDGT

    The cops are not your friends. They work for the state not the people. Sad, but true.

    • Mahatma

      Sad but true

    • thm4855

      American policemen have started to me to see them like German Gestapo – some people are so scared when they are “asked” to pull over that they call home or 911 to tell where they are.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Indeed. “To harass and fine” replaced “to protect and serve” a long time ago…

  • Brian Clasby

    Where I live, people routinely drive 5 or so UNDER the limit in the left lane, will not move over and then SLOW DOWN to get behind other traffic to make the exit.

    • toomanycrayons

      I leave my turn signal on, too.

  • Uncommon Sense

    Slow drivers are way more dangerous than speeders… when a driver is impeding the natural flow of traffic, it causes drivers to need to swerve in and out of lanes increasing the likelihood of an accident. I’ve found over the years, typical highways with flowing traffic tend to settle around 70mph naturally regardless of posted speed limits. if you aren’t doing at least that around here in Chicago, you will absolutely get run over and piss off a lot of drivers. As you get further out in the city, speeds tend to creep up to 75-80 to be solidly cruising with flow of traffic.

    Left lane hogs are annoying. I will admit I drive in the left a lot mainly because if don’t I will wind up constantly having to pass some idiot in the next lane not going with flow of traffic. However, when I am in the left lane I am definitely going way faster than most cars.

    With all that said, speeders are just as annoying. There have been time I’ve been hauling azz doing a good 15 or 20 over the posted speed limit and you still get some guy riding up your behind. I mean I am doing 80mph or so in a 65 and it still isn’t fast enough for some people.

    • HazardtoMyself

      What’s that old saying again?

      “Ever notice how the person going slower than you is a moron and the person going faster than you is a maniac?”

    • w2e2b

      Then move over till it passes!

    • therr850

      Keep a frequent eye on your mirrors. When you see one coming move over to let him pass. You won’t get pissed and I won’t get pissed.

    • throwedoff

      Try driving the “5” between L.A. and San Diego sometime. More lanes in one direction than the interstates around here have going in both directions. Non-rush hour speeds will run from 75 to 90 mph. Driving back to San Diego one evening after a day at Disney I was trying to keep up with the faster flow of traffic running 90 mph. Often times used six of the eight lanes (including the HOV lane). Get a break from the congestion look over and I’m getting passed at 90 mph by CHiP’s cruiser just as casually as if I were under the speed limit! No lights no siren just running about 95 to who knows where.

      • James

        Donut break?

  • Kelly Bogigian

    It is in Indiana

  • sgray44444

    I live on the eastern side of Ohio, and until recently commuted west on I-80 and I-76. It quickly became a joke that if there was a rolling roadblock in the left lane, it was bound to have a Pennsylvania plate. I started keeping track, and 8 times out of 10, it was that way. I always wondered if it was due to PA enforcing the law that the left lane was for passing, and Ohio doesn’t. All the hillbillies cross that state line, slide over to the left, and park it.

  • JL

    The entire state of Tennessee should be in jail if that’s the law here. People driving 10-15 under the limit is usual here. I don’t know if it’s just that hicks can’t drive faster than they think or what.

  • mikeinkamloops

    British Columbia enacted a left lane law just a year or so ago, complete with revised signage that now says “keep right except to pass” or “keep right, let others pass”. Now if only it would be enforced on the 10% of drivers who clearly can’t read!

  • FreelancerMG

    (reposting since the previous post got flagged as spam for the link.)

    The “notwithstanding” part of that is just to say that particular part of the code would not be a discussion about the speed-limit and speeding overall itself. It’s done to prevent having this law being used to overwrite the current law determining speed. it’s NOT intended to be an ignore the speed limit clause.

    CVC §§ 22349:
    22349.
    (a) Except as provided in Section 22356, no person may drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour.

    The speed limit is still enforced and required. Normal speed in this context would be up to and including the speed limit but NOT exceeding the speed limit. Normal speed would then not be any illegal speeds and could then mean that a driver going the speed-limit wouldn’t have to move aside as those other drivers aren’t technically doing the normal speed but are in fact, illegally speeding.
    You don’t follow the law piecemeal but all applicable vehicle codes have to apply and one vehicle code cannot inadvertently override another core piece of it. Normal speed in this case would indicate the general flow of traffic within legal speeds as CVC 22349 would still be under effect as well as CVC 21654.
    The law you quoted was to prevent those large overloaded trucks going 45-50mph from just camping the left lane. It wasn’t set in place so that us selfish lot can just speed everywhere we want to go and turn the left lane into our own personal speeding lanes. That old retired CHP officer might have known what he was talking about on this one.

  • ZeroCold

    The worst is when you try to pass the slow poke they speed up to prevent you from getting in front of them before you come up to the car in the lane you’re passing in. Jerks.

  • RyYYZ

    It is sort of ironic, though, to have pretty much iron-clad speed laws, and on the other hand have a law that says you can’t drive in the “fast” lane at the speed limit. It’s almost as if the lawmakers knew that nearly everyone drives over the speed limit, especially on the freeways, and they don’t want to do too much to discourage it.

    • toomanycrayons

      All laws are simply expressions of disappointment in those they apply to. Well, take the 10 Commandments…

    • therr850

      Actually, in olden days, the keep right except to pass was for the benefit of emergency vehicles. Keeping the left lane mostly clear made it easier for them to respond. It is surprising how many left lane bandits don’t know how to use the rear view mirror. (Loud claxton sound.) What is tha noise Maude??

  • Tom C

    MO, you need to read a little more in the Ca vehicle code. Prima Facie rules apply in all cases EXcept for the posted MAXIMUM speed limits. You are not allowed to ever exceed the maximum. If you’re riding in an area posted 35 you can exceed the prima facie speed if you can justify it as a safe speed, but you’re never allowed to violate the posted maximum speed limit.

    • toomanycrayons

      “…but you’re never allowed to violate the posted maximum speed limit.”-Tom C

      So, why is it legal to make bikes that go 200 mph and sell them for the street? I mean, what’s wrong with letting Kim Jung Un have nukes if he promises not to use them, for example? Donald Trump has them. Oh, Jesus…I don’t like where this is going…

  • Ric Hill

    With few exceptions, Police think of themselves and supremacists and above the law as it will cost you far too much to fight them. PERIOD. The former C.H.P. PROFESSIONAL underscores the point and softens my first sentence by his example. . But in return, the ENTIRE PA SP is tainted by an unresolved cheating scandal (2015) where cadets were given ANSWERS as they went into test and some still couldn’t pass.

    At $105K a year, a law enforcement officer has to right a lot of $100 tickets. I always request a trail and information, technically a Subpoena Duces Tecum, such as ALL communications from all devices, not limited to his radio, on-board computers (the one which printed your ticket), personal cellphone and more for 4 hours (described as “xxxx” time) before AND after the arrest. The court will comply and the police will fight it and never show up. As noted below, most cops are bullies and don’t want to face off with lawyer.

  • blindjoedeath
  • wrh14

    For California I disagree. No vehicle traveling the speed limit should have to move out of the #1 lane….it is not called the fast lane. Try reviewing CVC:22349

    (a) Except as provided in Section 22356, no person may drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 65 miles per hour.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person may drive a vehicle upon a two-lane, undivided highway at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour unless that highway, or portion thereof, has been posted for a higher speed by the Department of Transportation or appropriate local agency upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey. For purposes of this subdivision, the following apply:
    (1) A two-lane, undivided highway is a highway with not more than one through lane of travel in each direction.
    (2) Passing lanes may not be considered when determining the number of through lanes.
    (c) It is the intent of the Legislature that there be reasonable signing on affected two-lane, undivided highways described in subdivision (b) in continuing the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit, including placing signs at county boundaries to the extent possible, and at other appropriate locations.” The code does not allow for exceeding a posted speed limit. I never had a problem enforcing this code with speeders. The key word used here by the poster and many dirvers is the vehicle is going “slow” in the #1 lane…65mph is not slow. It is just as easy for drivers wishing to break the law to go around the legal driver as it would be for that person to move over every time a speeder starts to tailgate, which is also illegal. Slow down or just ride your motorcycle and get out of traffic by lane sharing!

  • dougie_s

    it depends on the jurisdiction. in many states, it is against the law to impede the flow of traffic in the left lanes. unfortunately, rarely enforced. in general, “left lane bandits” are far more dangerous than those going faster than the posted speed limit.

  • Mark Cross

    I hear you and put this reference in my phone in case I ever need to have this dumb argument again! Thanks,
    Mark

  • Gr8Music

    A law against driving in the passing lane? Say it ain’t so!

    As a volunteer speed enforcer, it is my duty to hold-up/frustrate/infuriate fellow drivers by being selfish and inconsiderate. I’ve always found that being a part of the problem is better than part of the solution. If they pass this law, where will it stop? Next thing you know, they’ll try to take away my right to use my cell phone while I’m driving of force me to use turn signals!

    This type of right-wing thinking is bad for the country and may impede my right to hate anyone that doesn’t agree with my views.

  • mmorgan24

    http://jalopnik.com/5501615/left-lane-passing-laws-a-state-by-state-map – Yes you, get out of the left lane if you aren’t passing – period – no matter your speed. It’s call driving “right” and is what European’s have been doing for years.

  • fredellarby

    Ontario, Canada. There is case law after two drivers were driving down our major highway (the 401) side by side, occupying both lanes at the posted speed limit. Both were charged and convicted of Careless Driving due to, the extensive safety hazard created in the resulting back-up

    It’s not that unusual for various charges to be used for this offence.

    “Section 130 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act defines the act of careless driving : Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway.”
    $400 – $2000 fine and 6 demerit points

    At 15 points, you get a bicycle.