Slow-Poke Bill in Georgia Gains Speed in Legislature

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Updated: 2/27/2014 7:12 pm
RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF) - Chances are you've been driving in the far left lane on the interstate and encountered a slow driver.

On a good day you may have used the term slow poke.

On a bad day, well, maybe you've used some other choice words.

None the less, any people have been held up by these drivers.

Zaakari Webb, a Georgia driver, says, "When you're in a hurry and you're trying to get somewhere you obviously don't want people who are slow poking around."

Georgia lawmakers are so bothered by it that they're tying to make it a crime, a misdemeanor in fact.

It's called the Slow-Poke Bill.

It passed the state house and isn't running out of gas just yet.

However, a lot of people we spoke with say a ticket is too extreme.

Rick Hoppes, a Georgia driver, adds, "I think a warning or something the first time."

Jane Norman, another driver, says, "By all means get over, but I don't think anyone should get a ticket for that."

The Slow-Poke Bill is on it's way to becoming Georgia law.

Some representatives feel it will reduce road rage.

Webb adds, "I think it's easy for the state to come up with revenue enhancement mechanisms to fulfill whatever need they may have at the time."

Like it or not, the bill is picking up speed, even though a lot of questions still haven't been answered, like how exactly would officers enforce this law if it's given the green light?

For more information on the bill click on our attachment.

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DJ Mega - 7/19/2014 7:34 AM
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As far as I am concerned, this is a great bill! More often than not, people drive with total disrespect knowingly blocking and slowing down traffic because they think that if they go to speed limit then they are abiding the law. Passing lanes are exactly for that, passing slower vehicles. Slower vehicles need to stay to the right! That said, I typically go the speed limit and always stay in the right lane and have total respect for those that need to pass me.

csandhollow - 2/27/2014 10:03 PM
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What if the person in the far left lane is going legal speed limit? Another question what about the driver behind the slow poke, is he TAILGATING, which is also against the law?
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