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Old 06-11-2005, 01:40 AM   #1
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Slow Cars in the Left Lane

About time, I hate cars like this.

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Left Lane Hogs Finally Targeted
By Eric Peters
05/19/05


Some good news: Left lane hogs are finally getting the attention they deserve from traffic cops and traffic laws.

In at least two states, Colorado and Florida, cops are beginning to target drivers who squat in the far left lane and refuse to move right to let faster-moving traffic get by. For decades, these drivers have been allowed to create rolling roadblocks and interrupt the smooth (and therefore safe) flow of traffic with virtual impunity because failure to yield laws were either not on the books or not enforced. And 20-plus years of dumbed-down, politicized "driver's education" and "safety" campaigns had effectively propagandized the populace into believing there was only one cardinal sin: speeding.

And so the focus of traffic safety enforcement was speed limit laws, which were often ridiculous (the best example being the 55-mph National Maximum Speed Limit that Congress finally repealed in 1995. But these under-posted, artificially low speed limits were found to be very useful in terms of generating an unforeseen flow of easy money for state and local governments, who soon became addicted. And it was so much easier for traffic cops to simply shoot fish in a barrel with their radar guns because almost every car on the road was going faster than the absurdly low posted limits.

Much easier than actually looking for dangerous drivers, anyhow.

This is finally changing.

In Colorado, state police have written more than 500 tickets to left lane hogs since the beginning of the year; in Florida, a bill is on the legislative docket that would impose a $60 fine and four DMV demerit points on the driving record of motorists who refuse to allow faster moving traffic by.

Twenty years ago, this would have been an unthinkable violation of the politically correct orthodoxy that only speed kills and therefore only enforcing speed limits (no matter how absurd or contrived) matters.

In fact, people who refuse to move right represent a major traffic safety hazard whether they're doing the speed limit (as they often bleat in self-righteous high dudgeon) or not.

By refusing to allow other motorists to get by, the left lane dawdler causes traffic to back up unnaturally; drivers then angrily jockey for position and typically are forced into making a passing attempt in the right lane to get around the hog, who seems to get some sort of weird passive-aggressive satisfaction from his obstinacy.

The situation is frustrating, distracting and very unsafe. In fact, the lack of reflexive lane courtesy in this country is arguably the biggest single safety problem we have, not speeding.

Consider the example of Germany, where yielding to faster-moving traffic is part of the national culture and adhered to religiously. As a result, it is possible for the Germans to have unlimited speed Autobahns where drivers in the left lane often overtake other cars at tripe digit speeds. But because German drivers are taught to use their mirrors and immediately move right to allow approaching cars to pass, they have a lower accident and fatality rate than we do in the United States with our dumbed-down speed limits.

It will take time for the facts about the danger of left lane hogging to sink into the general consciousness, the consequence of 20-plus years of neglect and outright disinformation peddled by know-nothing safety advocates.
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Old 06-11-2005, 09:30 AM   #2
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THX GOD!!!!!!!!! I hope they do this in NC
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Old 06-11-2005, 09:58 AM   #3
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Old 06-11-2005, 10:12 AM   #4
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You don't see it here in Houston to much because of road rage!
You'll get shot if you piss someone off here!
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Old 06-11-2005, 12:20 PM   #5
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Old 06-11-2005, 12:38 PM   #6
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Wait... Can I still get a ticket if I'm going 120 in the left lane and something such as a Porsche wants to pass me ?
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Wait... Can I still get a ticket if I'm going 120 in the left lane and something such as a Porsche wants to pass me ?
Only if you Slow down for the ticket writer
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Old 06-11-2005, 06:08 PM   #8
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thats awesome, especially the part about Germany's laws. funny sroty i heard about a guy driving an 850 (terry will like it)


Some guy in Germany was test driving a BMW 850i on the Autobahn, he's at about 250 km/hr or w/e the cars top speed is. hes coming up on an old couple in a little Renault and a big rig, for some odd reason the old couple switches into the warp speed lane (same as the BMW) the guy sees this and jumps all over the breaks. he went from like 250 km/hr to about 100-150 km/hr in about 4 or 5 seconds flat, the old couple had absolutley no idea what was happening, but the guy driving the big rig saw it all and had an utter look of horror on his his face.

But when the BMW got slowed down the guy who owned the car turned to the driver and said "Pretty good breaks, huh?"
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You do have that odd twit from hell in Germany. Many times tourists from other countries. The locals know that when a faster car is coming, he signals left as if to say I want to pass, shifting left, but no more lanes The leading car will start the right signal, indicating that he will change when he can. Works very well
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Not all of them come out so well.

http://www.clube31.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1474

There are still some as it was happening pictures in the last post.

Last picture is the best one--driver standing next to the car
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You do have that odd twit from hell in Germany. Many times tourists from other countries. The locals know that when a faster car is coming, he signals left as if to say I want to pass, shifting left, but no more lanes The leading car will start the right signal, indicating that he will change when he can. Works very well
well ill get to find out, im going to Germany next summer for the German or European Grand Prix, and of course stop off in Munich for a tour of the BMW headquarters and stuff (if they let us)
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well ill get to find out, im going to Germany next summer for the German or European Grand Prix, and of course stop off in Munich for a tour of the BMW headquarters and stuff (if they let us)
You should have a great time if you love driving! I sure did Sorry about your internet friend TerryY Sucks trying to get around imbeciles like that
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But I would guess that if they pay more attention to the left lane, not only would they be catching slow drivers, but also fast ones... no?
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Old 06-11-2005, 07:29 PM   #14
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You wouldn't be suggesting that those in authority would see getting the Slow cars out of the way so others can go Faster as a form of Revenue Enhancement
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