4/10/2007

Left Lane Law

On my daily commute I am often frustrated by drivers committed to driving in the left lane, the passing lane, while going under the speed limit. It creates a bottleneck of people who are trying to pass, who then get impatient and end up weaving through traffic to pass on the right. The Left Lane Law took effect in July of 2004 to prevent the aggressive driving that results from slow drivers in the passing lane. CRS 42-4-1013 reads:
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed limit is sixty-five miles per hour or more unless such person is passing other motor vehicles that are in a nonpassing lane or turning left, or unless the volume of traffic does not permit the motor vehicle to safely merge into a nonpassing lane.”
Brochures with information about traffic safety are available on the Colorado Department of Transportation website: http://www.dot.state.co.us/Publications/onlinebrochures.htm

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