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Driving slow in the left lane could cost you

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Starting Monday, traffic in Florida will move a little smoother on the highways thanks to a new law on the books.

"The left lane is meant for people that want to bypass traffic," said Alex Parsons of Brandon.

The Florida Legislature agreed so they passed a law saying anyone traveling 10 miles per hour under the speed limit will face a fine.

The new law is tucked away in a 226 page bill signed into law by Governor Rick Scott earlier this year.

Many think the threat of a $60 dollar ticket and a three point penalty on a drivers license should be enough to keep people driving at the speed limit in the left lane.

Most Florida drivers couldn't be happier about the new law.

"If you're over in the left lane you shouldn't just be driving slow, that's not what it's for," said Parsons.

"How big a deal is that? I mean really, I don't get it," said Trey Sloan of Port Charlotte.

Lawmakers say the new law isn't an excuse to speed, they say it's a way to improve traffic and make roads safer.

That said, not everybody is celebrating the new law.

"Sometimes I'm in the left lane going slow because I'm trying to pass a person. I wouldn't want a ticket then because I am trying to get over, it's my intention to get over but I haven't moved over yet," said Kim Hollshwander of Tampa. "I don't think having a ticket at that point would be appropriate."

But by and large this action taken by lawmakers in Tallahassee has been very well received.

"I hate to be that guy in that lane and realize, oh my God, I'm blocking traffic," said Sloan.

"It's really frustrating, it's like come on I'm just trying to get to the next exit and you're slowing down in my way," said Parsons.

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