Slow drivers, do every motorist a favor and keep right. Not only is it common courtesy, but a handful of states actually have laws on the books that prohibit slow-moving vehicles in the left lane or fast lane. In Indiana, one driver discovered this the hard way, and the State Trooper’s public service announcement has gone viral.
State Trooper Stephen Wheeles tweeted out a photo of the offender’s Chevrolet Captiva last Saturday and explained the situation.
“I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane,” Wheeles wrote. “Again…if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass.”
I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane.
Again…if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass. pic.twitter.com/tePjJ1Xigy
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) June 16, 2018
Since posting the PSA, Wheeles’ tweet has been “liked” nearly 90,000 times and over 35,000 users have re-tweeted the photo.
The “slowpoke” law went into effect in Indiana in 2015 and is meant to keep a natural traffic flow. Wheeles explained that even drivers going the speed limit in the fast lane could be subject to a traffic stop.
“The spirit of the law is that since many people drive well above the speed limit, it creates an ‘accordion effect’ as traffic starts backing up behind the slower vehicle,” he said. “This is where many of our crashes occur on the interstates. It’s all in the name of safety.”
But, it’s no excuse to excessively speed, Wheeles reiterated in a follow-up comment.
“Vehicles all travel at different speeds. It was put in place to keep left lane drivers (or the family ten cars back) from getting run over by faster traffic while in the left lane.”