RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drivers beware. Those caught bogging down traffic while travelling in the left lane in North Carolina could face a $200 fine under advancing legislation.
A House judiciary committee passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal for someone to block the steady flow of traffic by cruising in the passing lane.
Bill sponsors call it a public safety issue. They say drivers travelling below the speed limit in the left lane create tight clusters, which can cause accidents.
The proposal would expand a current law requiring vehicles traveling less than the speed limit to be in the right lane.
Rutherford County Republican Rep. David Rogers opposed the measure, saying it wouldn’t seem fair to punish drivers travelling the speed limit who don’t move over if a speeding car approaches.
However, some residents in Greenville are in support of the new bill.
“I think it would be better because it would make traffic flow more smoothly,” Greenville resident Corey McKinney said. “People can get to places at a timely fashion instead of being late to a lot of things or rushing in general.”
McKinney added that he thinks the new bill would make the roadways in North Carolina safer.
“You shouldn’t be in the fast lane going slow because that could be a safety hazard,” McKinney said. “It could be very dangerous. It can cause accidents. It can cause distractions. It’s just not safe in general to be going slow in a fast lane.”