- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Maryland woman says she was stunned after receiving a traffic ticket Friday for driving in the left lane at 63 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, told WRC-TV (Channel 4), a local NBC affiliate, that she was driving on Interstate 95 in Laurel when she was pulled over by a police officer and ticketed for failing to move right.

“[I was] really shocked,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.’”

Winds were gusting up to 40 mph that day, so the woman, who had never gotten a ticket before, slowed down a little to be safe.

“Sometimes when it’s dangerous, you have to do what you can to stay safe,” she said.

John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, called the ticket “silly.”

“It’s sending the wrong message,” he told NBC 4. “And that is, ‘We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you’re penalized for that.’”

The woman plans to fight the ticket in court.

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