Did you know that those who are driving more slowly in the left lane than the normal flow of traffic can be ticketed whether they are driving the speed limit or not if they fail to get out of the way of faster drivers? On July 1, 2014 the “Slow Poke” law (house bill 459) officially went into effect in Georgia.
New Georgia “Slow Poke” Law Expected to Reduce Rear End Accidents
One of the biggest causes of rear-end vehicle collisions in Georgia result from following too closely, and these type of car accidents often end up causing a domino effect involving multiple vehicles. The new “Slow Poke” law requires left lane drivers who are driving more slowly than the flow of traffic to move over so they are not impeding the flow of traffic. This new law is expected to reduce rear-end collisions and other road problems resulting from tailgating, road rage and traffic congestion.
There are several “Slow Poke” law exemptions in the law which include:
- Traffic conditions or congestion making it necessary to drive in the passing lane
- Bad weather, obstructions, or hazards making it necessary to drive in the passing lane
- Compliance with a law or an official traffic control device requires driving in the passing lane
- When a vehicle must be driven in the passing lane to exit or turn left
- On toll highways, when necessary to pay a toll or use a pass
- To authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties or
- To vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations
Traffic Citations More Likely For Other Offenses
It is likely that you are only going to be ticketed if you fail to get out of the way of a police car following you in the fast lane, or you have been observed by a police officer driving more slowly than other traffic for several miles. You are still more likely to receive a citation for speeding since most police officers are more likely to sit on the side of the road with a radar gun which is easier and more lucrative for collecting fines for the state.
Still, there have been a number of traffic warnings and citations issued under the “Slow Poke” law since it went into effect. So even if other drivers are driving in excess of the posted speed limit, Georgia drivers need to be aware they can be given a traffic ticket for driving in the left lane even if they are following the speed limit.
Although it makes sense to move over and get out of the way of faster drivers, there are other things drivers do that more commonly result in being pulled over. According to esurance.com you are more likely to be pulled over for speeding, distracted driving, equipment violations, tailgating, and improper lane changes.
Being injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver whether they were driving distracted, DUI, speeding, or any other cause can be devastating for you and your family.
Medical bills can add up and you may have lost income because of your injuries, not to mention pain & suffering. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Georgia car accident, you should get advice from a car accident attorney. Your attorney will make sure your rights are protected and will fight to make sure you receive full and fair compensation for your damages.
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