- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Police in one metro Atlanta county are doling out citations to drivers who are slowing down traffic in the fast lane.

Cobb County police spokeswoman Alicia Chilton tells the Marietta Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1GSpl5H ) the department has issued more than 200 citations under the Georgia slowpoke law since it was implemented in July. Of those, 93 have been written this year.

The law prohibits slow drivers from using the far left lane if they’re aware that they’re being passed by other drivers.

The law can help reduce crashes and cut the number of road rage incidents, Chilton said. She added that slow drivers in the passing lane cause hazards, and many have been cited on highways and interstates.

“There have been instances in which road rage has occurred due to slower drivers not moving from the left lane of travel to allow others to pass,” Chilton said. “In turn, drivers exhibiting road rage cause more crashes due to their likely erratic behavior while behind the wheel.”

State Sen. Michael Rhett of Marietta said the bill is also important because it reduces the likelihood that people will pass on the right.

“Most people are used to others passing them on left,” Rhett said. “If people pass you on the right, you’re not looking to your right and that could create a hazard.”


Information from: Marietta Daily Journal, https://mdjonline.com/

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