The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Left lane not for slow drivers


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM

I submit to the residents of Newnan and Coweta County the Georgia State law on why you should not get into the left lane on a divided highway and just stay there.

It is against the law. § 40-6-184. Impeding traffic flow; minimum speed limits; slower driving in a passing lane (a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation. (b) Whenever the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner of transportation or local authorities determine on the basis of any engineering and traffic investigation that slow speeds on any part of a road under their respective jurisdictions impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, such commissioners jointly, or such local authorities, may determine and declare a minimum speed limit below which no person shall drive a vehicle except when necessary for safe operation, and such limit shall be effective when posted upon fixed or variable signs. (c) Upon roads, streets, or highways with two or more lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, no person shall continue to operate a motor vehicle in the passing lane once such person knows or should reasonably know that he or she is being overtaken in such lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.

For purposes of this code section, "passing lane" means the most left-hand lane other than a high occupancy vehicle lane. Please folks, if you want to drive down the road sightseeing, stay out of the left lane.

Dave Powell

Newnan