A new law in Indiana is aimed at ticketing drivers who drive too slow in the left lane, the lane typically designated for faster drivers and those passing the slower drivers in the right lane. Georgia has a similar law that went into effect last July( Ga Code Ann § 40-6-184) targeting those who “block up” traffic by driving slower in that left lane and are driving on a 4 lane highway.
Fines for drivers in both Indiana and Georgia and other states caught and ticketed for going too slow in the left lane can be high, for example up to $500 in Indiana and up to $1000 in Georgia. Georgia police have issued 310 tickets since the laws inception last year, fines are different depending on the county in Georgia where you get the ticket for driving too slow in the left lane but be advised that if you do receive a ticket for this offense it will carry points along with it.
You may wonder why driving too slow is a punishable offense in Georgia or any other state. A vehicle traveling too slowly in the left lane does impede the flow of traffic causing congestion and aggravation for other drivers attempting to pass. The Georgia law says that if the vehicles behind you are speeding, you must get out of the left lane and into the right to let them get by. Its just common sense really but so many drivers today are distracted by cell phones and other distractions that this very well may be the impetus behind the “Slow Poke” law as its been nicknamed.
If you get a ticket for driving too slow in the left lane, you can be assessed 3 points. Hawkins Spizman Fortas has represented clients who received this moving violation. Call our Ga Traffic Law Firm for more information or a free consultation.