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New law bans slow drivers from left lane

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It's one of the unwritten rules of the highway: Slower drivers generally stay out of the left lane.

"The left lane is for fast drivers, everybody knows that," said Allison Clancy of Lutz.

Apparently not enough people in Florida knew that rule, so the Legislature decided to do something about it.

They've passed a bill requiring any driver going 10 miles per hour or more under the speed limit to get in the right lane. If they don't, they would have to pay a $60 fine for failure to yield.

Drivers say lawmakers got it right on this one.

"I totally agree with it; I think too many people use the left lane to take a nap in," said Anthony Fontana of Bradenton.

"I have to agree with it," said Charles Murphy of Clearwater.

"It probably will prevent a little bit of road rage," said Kenneth Paul of Gulfport.

The bill has passed in both the Florida House and Senate, and if Gov. Rick Scott puts his signature on the bill, it will become law – much to the delight of most drivers.

"I think it's a great law," said Annette Wexler of Apollo Beach.

"There are other lanes, go get in them!" Kasandra Moore of Redington Shores echoed.

Those in Tallahassee insist this isn't a signal that it's OK to speed on Florida highways, nor is it a shot at some of Florida's "senior" drivers.

They say it's just a way to improve the flow of traffic and make the roads safer.

While most drivers say they love the bill, a couple urge the Legislature to go a little farther.

"I think it should be the speed limit they should not be in the left lane," Wexler said.

"If you want to drive slow, move over. There's one lane for fast and let us get in it," Moore said.

The bill still needs Scott's signature. All indications suggest he will sign it into law.

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