Troopers confront slowpoke ‘left-lane campers’

May 24, 2011

By Staff

State troopers cracked down last month on “left-lane campers” — people clogging traffic by traveling too slowly in the left lane.

Troopers stopped 223 motorists and issued 199 warnings during King County patrols. Washington State Patrol leaders conducted the exercise to educate drivers about the importance of the left-lane travel law.

Under state law, slower traffic should travel in the right lane in order to keep traffic flowing in a safe and orderly fashion. Motorists violate the law if they remain continuously in the left lane and impede the flow of other traffic. (The left lane does not include high-occupancy vehicle lanes.)

Slowpokes face a $124 fine if caught.

Motorists stopped for continually driving in the left lane often frequently state, “I didn’t realize it was against the law.”

Slow vehicles traveling in the left lane create unsafe conditions as other motorists grow frustrated and start to pass on the right side. The problem causes traffic congestion as motorists follow a slow-moving vehicle too closely.

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