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October 18, 2019

9/4/2019 9:57:00 AM
Slow lane law was overdue
One of Minnesota's newest laws hits on a topic that strikes a nerve with me, as a motorist - slow drivers clogging up the left lane.
The new law basically says drivers who drive slowly in the left lane, blocking traffic in the process, could receive a citation. The whole idea is to keep slow-pokes out of the left lane on four-lane highways, such as Highway 60 and Interstate 90.
This law is long overdue.
It appears to me, one of two things occurring:
• A.) Motorists are not being told that the right lane is the slow lane and the left lane is the fast, or passing, lane.
• B.) Students in driver's education classes are not paying attention.
I'd put my money on "B." The big problem caused by slow drivers in the left lane is that it leads to motorists passing on the right side, which is not normal. Whenever you see something unexpected on the highway, it can lead to accidents - such as someone switching to the right lane and striking a passing vehicle.
Meanwhile, a problem with the new law is enforcement. Authorities cannot be everywhere - and pulling over a slow vehicle that's in the left lane will not be easy.

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