Driving below the speed of traffic in the left hand lane of any multilane road in Florida is not only annoying, it is now illegal thanks to 2014 revisions to Florida’s Laws.
According to the newly revised Florida State Statute 316.081, “a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.”
What is the cost for such a violation? In Pasco County it will cost violators $164 and three points on their driver license if ticketed. To be reasonable the law has two common sense exemptions where one may continue to drive in the left lane for a short period of time.
- You are not required to move over to be passed if you are passing someone yourself.
- You are not required to move over to be passed if you are about to make a left hand turn at a nearby intersection.
Short of those exemptions, it is now illegal to continually drive in the left lane when others are behind you. If approached from behind (regardless of speed) you must move over and allow other’s to pass you.
Experts in traffic and transportation say that if followed, this law will significantly reduce road rage issues, and allow for more efficient travel for all. Public awareness is the key to success.