RALEIGH, N.C. – If you drive too slow in the fast lane, you could soon be fined. A trio of state senators have introduced a bill that would slap a $200 fine on people who drive below to speed limit in the left lane.
Drivers who impede the steady flow of traffic would also be fined under this proposed bill.
Based on the proposal, a person is impeding the flow of traffic if they “reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken from the rear by a vehicle traveling at higher rate of speed.”
Senators Jeff Tarte, R-Cornelius, Tom McInnis, R-Rockingham, and Jim Davis, R-Franklin, introduced the bill on Thursday.
Tiffany Wright, AAA of the Carolinas. The organization supports the bill.
"If everyone's doing 60 and you have somebody poking around doing 52, that does lead to some traffic jams, it could potentially lead to rear-end collisions."
"It could potentially decrease road rage. I mean, we see it happen all the time, folks poking around in the left lane, folks who are yelling getting upset. those things could escalate," Wright said.
If passed, the bill would go into effect December 1, 2017.