- Associated Press - Saturday, March 3, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi could set a small financial punishment for drivers who lollygag in the left lane.

House Bill 80 is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. It says that on any road with at least four lanes, a vehicle should not impede traffic in the left lane.

Punishment would be a fine of $5 to $50.

The bill specifies that drivers should only use the left lane for passing - unless the right lane is closed, is in disrepair or is otherwise impassable. Drivers could also use the left lane for a left-hand turn or left exit.

Critics contend the proposal would give law enforcement officers a pretext to pull over drivers for racial profiling.

If Bryant signs the bill, it would become law July 1.

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