Georgia lawmakers outlaw slow driving

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 12, 2014 

Georgia House Bill 459 is now one gubernatorial pen stroke away from becoming law, and that is bad news for slow drivers.

"The bill makes it a misdemeanor for any driver on a divided highway who does not move to the right when a car going faster approaches from behind," according to the AJC. Tuesday, the state Senate approved HB 459 by a wide margin, 42-5. (The House has already signed off on it.)

Atlanta's interstates are notorious for the perceived elasticity of their speed limits: I-285, which circles the city, is officially capped at 65 miles per hour, although some sections are slower and the flow of traffic is almost always much faster.

State lawmakers apparently concur: as Sen. Jeff Mullis told the paper, "Often times drivers travel through (the left lane) as if they’re in tourist mode.”

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