The PJ Tatler

Should We Ticket Slow Drivers? A WA State Lawmaker Thinks So

It’s one of the most annoying driving experiences of all, getting trapped behind a slow driver who wants to coast leisurely along in the highway fast lane.  But now, such behavior could result in a traffic violation if a Washington state lawmaker has his way.

Senate bill 6105, filed last week by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, would create a series of fines for driving any slower than the speed limit in the left lane, with the amount of the fine going up depending on how much slower than the limit a car is going.

The bill describes driving slow in the left lane as “obnoxious, inconsiderate and dangerous behavior.”

The law would be similar to the speed limit laws and “the slow-driving bill would mean any driver in normal traffic who is not precisely driving the speed limit in the left lane could be ticketed.”

But should we institute a law for this? If we have a law stating drivers must obey the speed limit, perhaps we need a law that says drivers must obey the speed minimum?