Georgia may soon be the next state to enforce what others have already dubbed the "slow-poke" law. House Bill 459, introduced by Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, was created to outlaw driving in the fast lane on Georgia's congested highways unless attempting to overtake and pass another vehicle. Intended to keep "slow pokes" from meandering and languishing in the left lane and impeding faster-moving motorists, the measure would take effect "only if another car is trying to get by."
An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution makes the parameters of the bill even clearer. Quotes the article, "Hitchens, a former head of the state Department of Public Safety, wants to make it illegal, essentially, to drive in the left lane on all controlled access highways at all, except":
--When no other vehicle is directly behind the vehicle in the left lane.
--When traffic make it impractical to drive in the right lane.
--When weather conditions make it necessary to drive in the left lane.
--When obstructions or hazards exist in the right lane.
--When a vehicle changes lanes to comply with other laws.
--When exiting on the left.
--To pay tolls or use a toll pass.
--When driving in the left lane comply with traffic control