AL House passes penalties for driving slow in the left lane

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to ticket motorists who unnecessarily linger in the left lane on the interstate. Dubbed the “Anti-Road Rage Act,” the measure says motorists could be ticketed for driving more than a mile-and-a-half in the leftmost lane without passing another vehicle.

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BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A new bill proposed by an Alabama state lawmaker aims to curb road rage.

The Anti-Road Rage Act, introduced by Rep. Phillip Pettus, a former state trooper, would make it illegal for drivers to drive more than 1.5 miles in the left lane without passing someone on the right.

The notion hits close to home for drivers in Baldwin County because many drive on the Bayway on a daily basis – a portion of the interstate where there are only two lanes of traffic in both directions.

Benji Gibson says slow drivers in the left lane irk him behind the wheel, especially near the tunnel. He supports the bill.

“Yeah it definitely gives you road rage,” he said. “Especially when you’re trying to get home after work.”

Not everyone agrees though. Russ Blately is worried it could be a slippery slope.

“Well I do think people take advantage of that left lane a little too much,” he said.

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