Driving slowly in the left lane on a multi-lane road can cause road rage, aggravation and could cost you a ticket.
Did you know that the left lane is for passing and not for driving slowly in the left lane? Florida Statute 316.081(3) states:
On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed. This subsection does not apply to drivers operating a vehicle that is overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or is preparing for a left turn at an intersection.
Yes, the law states that you need to get out of the left lane if someone is trying to pass you. Tampa Bay ABC Action News recently reported on this issue and interviewed Hernando County Deputy Mike Welshans who stated that most people he pulls over have no idea about the law. They will learn after being issued a $164 ticket and three points on their license.
If you are driving too slowly in the left lane and not moving over for a car trying to pass, you may also be violating Florida’s law about driving too slowly. Under Florida Statute 316.183(5), “no person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.”
Drive safely and get out of the left lane to allow other vehicles to pass. It is the safest way to drive and it is the law.
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