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Michigan State Police launch effort to educate left lane drivers

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ROCKFORD, Mich. - Michigan State Police are out to relieve area drivers of one of the most annoying facets of driving on highways: slow left lane drivers.

Troopers from Rockford and Lakeview posts are on the lookout for "southpaw drivers" now through the end of April.  Motorists stopped for a 'lane use violation' will be educated by the trooper on the law and how the motorist's actions are disrupting traffic flow.

1st Lt. Chris McIntire from the Rockford MSP Post said in a press release that the main reason for the initiative is to educate drivers who don't know that the left lane is reserved for the passing motorist.  He says that driving slow in the left lane is disruptive to traffic flow and can be dangerous, as frustrated motorists attempt risky moves to get around the offending driver.

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  • Josh mprrissette

    It would also help if MDOT and MSP posted the law on signs and possibly billboards along highways to inform the left lane campers that it is a passing lane. Also include this in the future driver training courses and have literature handed out at secretary of state offices.

  • Sherry

    Why do people feel they have to pass you if your doing the speed limit and even little faster,they still go left lane to get ahead of you or ride your but as to control how fast they want you to go.I call this Left Lane is a Speeding Lane is all,so it’s ok to use the left lane to pass someone going the speed limit or faster ,they pass.There are way to many cars on the road to all drive in the right lane ,hello haven’t anyone notice this,speeding lane has to be us ed as a driving lane.

    • Jake

      To SHERRY who asks why people want to PASS you while you are going the speed limit? Well DUH! We drive different speeds! More importantly is WHY you feel the need to control how fast they can go (whether they are breaking the speed limit or not)!
      NEWS FLASH! You DON’T get to decide how fast other people should drive! That is the job of the police. YOUR JOB is to DRIVE in the RIGHT LANE except when passing and when you pass someone else, don’t dawdle in the left lane and hold up the drivers behind you!

      When you get in the left lane while driving the speed limit but someone wants to get around you, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM and you are very likely making someone angry enough to try risky driving just to GET YOU TO MOVE! Your behavior is SELFISH.

    • Brian

      It is far more unsafe for you to hold them up by driving the speed limit or a little over than it is for them to drive a speed you would consider to be too fast.

  • perry

    In Ohio, and I can only make a reasonable attempt that Michigan and all states are the same….we learned in drivers training what the lanes were for…..

  • AJ

    Simple humility and courtesy resolves the entire matter. We are not all police officers here to enforce the speed limit.
    If you prefer the quality of the pavement in the left lane? Feel free to use it, but do your duty as a driver, and stay aware of what is happening around you. If you see a car coming up behind you at a faster speed? Yield the lane. Get out of the way. Use the lane for passing as suggested. (Unless the right lane is too rough or damaged.) Just use your head. If you are in another persons way? MOVE!

  • Brian

    And if someone flashes their lights to ask you to move over, don’t take it as rude. Just find the next place to safely move over and do so.

  • Jenny

    I had actual drivers Ed back in Highschool. Many years ago. We were taught then “slow traffic keep to the right.”
    SLOW TRAFFIC! Meaning trucks, trailers, busses, etc. But the SPEED LIMIT applies to everyone.
    If your going the “speed limit” (and it is a limit, not a suggestion) Then you are NOT “slow moving traffic.”
    Now in Michigan, it’s really stupid to make trucks go slower than everyone else. But it is what it is. So on the highways here, and most of them are two lane only, there is a non stop string of trucks in the right lane.
    For years I have just stayed in the left BUT at the speed limit. And of course if there is weather conditions at play then I don’t. Only on good dry pavement. AT THE LIMIT (actually slightly more. No one can accuse me of being “slow” traffic.)
    It’s just safer to stay there, since I am NOT “slow moving traffic” than to keep jumping in between trucks only to have to push my way in between the bumper to bumper tailgaters in the left lane who NEVER want to let anyone back out.

    And what about the speeding that goes on out there? OMG and NO cops. My husband is a trucker and can cross this state NINE TIMES without ever seeing one cop. Speeders all seem to know this. Cross into any other state and everyone slows down. (Especially Ohio, boy don’t ever speed there.) But this stupid state?
    My guess is some of the law makers here are also speeders and don’t like getting stuck behind “slower” (IE, going the speed limit) traffic.
    How about taking down those ridiculous keep to the right except to pass signs and replace them with warnings how much speeding tickets cost. Then back it up with law enforcement out there every day, year round.

    Mainly PLEASE bring back drivers Ed. Write to your reps. The level of stupid that goes on out on the freeways is just scary and sad.

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