Left-Lane Hogs: Here’s What You Can Do

May 17, 2007

We’re all frustrated by drivers who don’t respect the most abused law of traffic: keep right, except to pass. But someone’s finally doing something about it, in the form of a grassroots group that seeks to point out those piggish drivers and change their habits into better driving skills.

Left Lane Drivers of America, says founder J.A. Tosti, is the cure for the slowpokes in the fast lanes. Go to their site (linked below), and you can get a decal that says “MOVE OVER,” with a clever arrow pointing the way for the clogs in the traffic arteries.

“The idea here is not to be rude or pushy,” Tosti says, “but to offer slow drivers a gentle prod, reminding them of the need to either pick up the pace or make room for those who choose to drive a bit faster.”

Why do people drag their feet in the left lane? Tosti says it’s a bunch of reasons. “Some of these offenders are timid and tentative, some are completely oblivious to what’s going on around them, and some are self-appointed ‘hall monitors’ regulating what they alone have determined to be proper driving speeds,” he wrote in a release sent out this week.

With states slacking on their duties in enforcing the rules—keeping right except to pass is the law in many states—Tosti says his efforts could improve traffic flow, which could in turn cut down on road rage, accidents, and we say, fuel use – since slow drivers cause jams and accidents that eat gas.

What do you think? What’s the worst you’ve seen in the left lane? Tell us below, and check out their Web site for more information.

Left Lane Drivers of America Web site

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