Many Tennessee drivers may find it frustrating when they are traveling in the left lane and the car in front of them is driving slowly. If another car is also in the right lane, the frustrated driver would be unable to pass the slow moving car. WKRN-TV Nashville reports that a new law has been proposed that would make it illegal for a vehicle to be in the left lane unless that car or truck is passing someone.

It is important to note that, according to the Tennessean, this law would only apply to roads with at least three lanes and interstate highways. Drivers on two lane roads would not be required to remain in the right lane unless passing another car. The law would also not apply in bad weather and excessively heavy traffic conditions. Violations would be considered the same as a speeding ticket; namely, a Class C misdemeanor with an associated fine.

Slow drivers who hang out in the left lane are not only frustrating to the other drivers on the road, they may also contribute to unsafe driving conditions and increased incidents of road rage. While not a lot of research on this issue exists, common sense dictates that the less conflict and friction on the road between drivers, the fewer accidents and incidents will result.

The bill was approved unanimously by the Tennessee House Transportation Committee and will next be heard by the House Finance Committee. If passed into law, Tennessee would be following in the footstpes of several other states, including nearby Georgia.


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