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Slow Poke Bill introduced in MN Senate

Slow Poke Bill introduced in MN Senate Click to Enlarge

(KNSI) - As is evident every day, many people simply don't know, or feel like obeying, the rules of the road.

But a bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate would crack down on a certain segment of those drivers — people who drive slow in the left lane.

Minnesota law already calls for slower drivers to move over to the right lane unless they're passing a vehicle or are about to make a left turn.

But the new bill is worded to give authorities more latitude in fining drivers who affect traffic flow by going for a Sunday drive in the left lane.

The new bill says that someone driving a vehicle "at less than the speed of traffic under the existing conditions" must drive in the right lane.

Supporters of the bill say it will improve traffic flow, and are hoping to increase the current $125 fine for the misdemeanor offense.

The bill made it out of one committee and is headed to another, so it still has a long way to go before becoming law.

If approved, Minnesota would join a growing number of states in cracking down on drivers who don't know, or care, that the left lane is for passing.

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