NC bill could fine slow-poke drivers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – We’ve all been there: rushing down the fast lane when a slow driver gets in your way and won’t move over.

Now, North Carolina lawmakers are seeking to penalize those drivers.

It’s referred to as the slow poke law.

The bill means people in the left lane on the highway driving below the speed limit or impeding traffic flow could now face a fine: a whopping 200 dollars. That’s double the fine for texting-while-driving.

Most states already have a slow poke law. North Carolina is one of only five states without one.

Drivers we spoke to have mixed reactions.

“Why drive, why get in the car if you’re going to drive slow? You can ride a bike, walk, there’s different options,” Aslee Roberts said.

“In extreme cases, it could be in the best interest of public safety if you’re going 40 in a 70. But I think in most cases, if you’re going 60, it could be hypocritical to pull over somebody going the speed limit in the fast lane,” David Simmons said.

The bill passed its first reading in the Senate and is now going through committees.

If passed, slow pokes could feel the effects of this law by December.

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