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Slow Poke Law: Does Massachusetts Need It?

Georgia put in a new law this week that requires slower drivers to move from the high-speed lane if another driver is traveling at a higher speed behind them.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Georgia implemented its new “Slow Poke” law this week. 

The law requires drivers in the left lane of a Georgia highway to move to the right when a vehicle traveling at a faster speed comes up from behind. Slower drivers who do not move out of the high-speed lane may be ticketed under the new law.

Proponents say the new law will reduce congestion, road rage and tailgating.

Massachusetts drivers were recently named some of the “most discourteous” in the country. The Safeco Insurance survey found that only Washington, DC, ranks worse for being discourteous. 

Do you think Massachusetts should implement a similar Slow Poke law? Do you think that would help reduce road rage incidents and improve the overall mood of Bay State drivers? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Edward Mangan July 07, 2014 at 06:06 PM
The Natick Police Department supplied the following information. "It does not indicate a conviction.” A statement with clear overtones of the departments "guilty until proven innocent approach". Fits well with an overall implication of corruption and dishonesty of Police Department out of control with authoritarianism.
JohnnyMass July 07, 2014 at 11:44 PM
If you're not passing, get the hell out of the left lane!
Michael H Smith July 08, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Slower traffic should always move to the most extreme left lane possible. This promotes the movement of traffic in all lanes, eliminates the potential of tailgate situations and the number of lane changes to get around slower moving vehicles thus reducing potential for blind spot accidents, enhances the smooth and rapid movement of traffic. Maybe most significantly it is the courteous thing to do! Some folks are so intimidated when driving, they immediately move to e extreme right lane so as to eliminate the chance of someone driving next to their driver side!
Eric Highview July 08, 2014 at 03:58 PM
If the speed limit is 65, I set my cruise control at 63 and stay right. If there is a middle lane I just stay in the middle and people pass on the left and the right. When staying right and going a bit slower the only thing you have to watch out for is people not yielding when merging onto the highway. I just like to drive slowly, and since I'm not in a hurry, going slow is more relaxing. Enforcement of the speed limit should be more strict.

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