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Slowing Down - Move Over in Indiana

Steve Wagner

Recently, Indiana aimed for a change of pace when the Indiana legislature passed a law requiring slower vehicles to stay out of the left lane or face the possibility of being ticketed. The law aims to keep slower drivers from holding up lines of traffic and ultimately to ease congestion on the highway. Police will have discretion to pull over drivers they feel are creating a safety hazard. However, the bill has been met with a healthy dose of skepticism. Everybody knows that speeders are a problem, but what is so wrong about being slow and steady?

Slow driving actually presents a number of issues and safety hazards. People who drive well under the speed limit force other drivers to pass them which can create a higher risk of accidents occurring for surrounding drivers. Additionally, in more residential areas, slow driving can cause chain reactions of breaking which can similarly lead to accidents and pile-ups. Forcing other drivers under the speed limit also significantly raises drivers’ stress and can result in combative or aggressive driving.

Other states have passed similar laws which target slow driving. Georgia’s law has been in effect for almost a year now and has resulted in 310 tickets so far. When asked about his thoughts on the law a month after the law took effect, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Ron Calvert seemed pleased with the results and said “If you move to the right and allow that car or that truck to go by you, then I think it’s created a safer condition for everyone.” Hopefully, Indiana will see some similarly positive results after the law goes into effect next month.

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If you or a loved one has been injured by a slow driver, the vehicular accident lawyers at Wagner Reese are happy to answer any concerns or questions you might have about seeking a legal solution. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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