Life in the fast lane: Oregon Senate OKs $110 fine for slowpoke lane hogs
SALEM, Ore. - Going slow in the fast lane?
Move over - or face a possible ticket.
That's the upshot of legislation passed 19-10 by the Oregon Senate on Tuesday.
“People who hog the left lane lead to road rage and frustration, tailgating and passing on the right,” said Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland. “All of these are unsafe behaviors. Several states across the nation are taking this approach to make their highways safer. It will improve traffic safety and help end an annoying behavior on the roadway.”
Senate Bill 532 calls for fines of $110 for "slowpoke drivers" who hog the left lane of Oregon's 2- and 3-lane highways.
"There are exceptions to the rule, based on road conditions, hazards, complying with the 'move over law' and other factors," according to a press release from the Oregon Legislature. "The bill is intended to relieve annoyance on the roadways and improve safety. Getting stuck behind someone blocking the left lane leads to traffic bottling up. It also can lead to frustration and resulting erratic behaviors such as quick lane changes or passing on the right. These actions can lead to accidents."
The bill now goes to the House for consideration.