So-called "slowpoke laws" are finally being enforced by peace
officers in some parts of the country.
Nationwide, many of these laws focus on driving in the left lane of a four-lane
road. The left lane was designed as a passing lane, yet many drivers use
it as a normal traffic lane. Sometimes these drivers are even going below
the speed limit. The main danger is that some drivers often
zip in and out of traffic to avoid other cars that are essentially traffic obstructions. These drivers
are easily frustrated and often forget to use their turn signals, making
the behavior even riskier.
Florida, Georgia and New Jersey are among the most recent states to pass
some form of slowpoke law; in the Peach State, violators face up to a
$1,000 fine and a year in jail.
Traditionally, speeding laws are much more strictly enforced than non-speeding
laws, because speeding tickets are much easier to prove in court and most
motorists believe that speeding is inherently dangerous. But, in fact,
going too slow may be much more dangerous than going too fast. California does have a number of speed-variance laws on the books, affecting