Delaware May Join States Targeting Slowpokes in Passing Lane


Delaware may become the latest to join the “keep right” states, reports the News Journal of Wilmington. A bill in the Delaware Legislature would crack down on left-lane crawlers who test the patience of drivers behind them by imposing a fine of up to $230. The bill would designate the left lane for passing only on roads with at least two lanes in each direction. “I submitted the bill because I’ve seen so many people in recent years who get in the left lane and just stay there,” said Rep. William Carson, D-Smyrna. “It’s gotten to where it’s ridiculous.”

AAA has endorsed the measure, as well as the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, which ranks the bill among its top legislative items this session. Many states, including Delaware, require drivers to stay right when going slower than the normal speed of traffic. To deter road rage, some officials have recently increased enforcement and imposed fines on drivers who linger in the left lane. New Jersey already has one of the nation’s stiffest “keep right” laws, and legislators there are considering raising the stakes. A Camden lawmaker has proposed hiking the maximum fine to $300 from the current $200. Pennsylvania has a similar law but allows drivers to use the left lane when traveling at a speed greater than the flow of traffic.

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