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  • Henry Cooper Jun 15, 1:47 p.m.
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    That is so misleading to take just part of section 3. The rest reads...

    "You cannot pass safely unless you can see far enough ahead to ensure that you can get back to the original lane of travel before you meet oncoming traffic. "

    So that is on a two lane road with no median not a multi-lane highway The section before addresses that in terms of "changing lanes" on a multi-lane highway.

    I am not condoning the speeding but I don't think we need people intentionally holding these folks up making them more impatient. It is only the LEO's job to correct that and we have all seen the moves made when an impatient driver wants thru. It is a lot more dangerous at times than it already is because someone is gonna tech them a lesson. That is a lot of what is going on if we are honest about it.

  • Larry Fellers Jun 15, 1:29 p.m.
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    Gives speeders another reason to break the law, watch out for more accidents...

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 15, 1:21 p.m.
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    Glad to see it.

  • Edward Anderson Jun 15, 12:43 p.m.
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    "Passing
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    3. Blow the horn to signal the driver ahead.
    The horn signal places the driver of the vehicle you are passing under a legal
    obligation to help you pass."

    When was the last time you or anyone you know blew your horn to signal passing? So, if I'm blazing along a 4-lane highway and want to get around all the slow drivers, all I have to do is toot my horn and the other drivers are obliged to help me pass? KULE!

  • John Smith Jun 15, 12:22 p.m.
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    BS law. Directly from the NC Driver's Handbook, p.50 "When you are moving slower than the posted speed limit on a multi-lane highway, drive in the extreme right lane unless you are passing, turning left or avoiding an obstruction."
    Now, I do naturally stay in the right hand lane unless I am passing or my exit is coming up on the left side....but there is a bad interpretation of the highway system that people think the left hand land is strictly for passing. Both lanes of travel carry the same speed limit, so what part of LIMIT don't you understand? Like the handbook says...slower than posted speed limit keep right.

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 15, 11:11 a.m.
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    Common sense!! Do not drive in the left lane unless you are driving the same speed as everybody else in that lane... if you can move over then you should move over to keep it clear and available. It is just plain old common courtesy.

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 15, 11:02 a.m.
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    1) the terminology is important here, 'driving' lane and 'passing' lane.
    2) the same posted speed limit applies to all lanes.
    3) the passive aggressive (road rage) drivers who refuse to move out of the way should be dealt with, to reduce the dangers of drivers passing on the right at high speeds.
    If this new law saves lives, I'm all for it, but we know that drivers tap their brakes when they pass an officers car, I'm wondering about how they will determine who to pull over when we're all in the driving lane, purring along at limit +5?

  • Henry Cooper Jun 15, 8:56 a.m.
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    The current laws for three lane highways are all they are enforcing. You are not supposed to ride in the left lane on a three lane highway, you are to be in the middle for thru traffic.

    The bill is directed at the inside most lane next to the median regardless of the number so on a three lane highway riding in the middle is fine and actually what thru traffic is supposed to use on a three lane highway.

    This is not a new law really it is a fine for something that already exists you have seen the signs that read "Slower Traffic Keep Right".

    NC Drivers handbook.... Check page 50.... This is nothing new...

    https://www.ncdot.gov/download/dmv/handbooks_ncdl_english.pdf

  • Tom Marthers Jun 15, 8:55 a.m.
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    It's common sense to MOVE over if someone is behind you, tailgating you to move to the right lane, even if you are doing the speed limit. Were paying people to actually discuss this, Wow.

  • Tom Marthers Jun 15, 8:55 a.m.
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    It's common sense to MOVE over if someone is behind you, tailgating you to move to the right lane, even if you are doing the speed limit. Were paying people to actually discuss this, Wow.

  • Bill Gibson Jun 15, 8:53 a.m.
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    Maybe the law should be if you are not passing someone, or turning left, you should move to the right lane as soon as possible. And, you should either speed up or slow down and move to the right lane as needed. Let SHP pull over those that are deemed going too fast, or blocking traffic. *I have found the left lane (especially I95) to be the least bumpy or patched, so I like the left lane for comfort.

  • Max Hall Jun 15, 8:42 a.m.
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    Yes, I +5, but I use my Cruise Control and leave everyone else alone. I have learned by doing this two things. +5 puts me in the bottom half of the traffic speed, and way too many people NOT using their Cruise Control drive with their left mirror.

    My position in that mirror is NOT a valid substitute for using YOUR Cruise Control!

    If this law passes, it needs a corollary law that requires the person in the right lane who SPEEDS UP to keep the left lane from passing them to be the one pulled over.

  • Derril Salter Jun 15, 8:39 a.m.
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    I'm sure all company truck drivers governed to 62-65 mph would love to see a mandate to make their boss turn their trucks up to 72 so they can comply with the proposed law. I would have loved that when I drove!

  • Danny McFarland Jun 15, 8:25 a.m.
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    So you can get a ticket for following the speed limit law and not moving over to let others break it. Why not just get rid of the speed limit?

  • Eric Rothman Jun 15, 8:16 a.m.
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    John, if you get pasted nine times out of 10 then it's more than likely means nine people think they're above the law to do whatever the hell they want to. Newsflash, you're not

  • Eric Rothman Jun 15, 8:15 a.m.
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    Are you kidding me. The slow lane is still subject to the speed limit!!! So if someone is going 73 in a 65 in the slow lane, is that person going to be fine because the person behind them wants to go 90 this is absolutely despicable. I've actually thought about becoming a police officer just so I can give tickets to all the a holes out there who do not think the speed limit applies To them. I would love to see them crack down more on speed limit laws.

  • Ken Ackerman Jun 15, 7:29 a.m.
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    I agree 100%.

  • Marvin Sanderford Jun 15, 7:27 a.m.
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    Another feel-good, but rarely enforceable law, way to go NC!

  • Ken Ackerman Jun 15, 7:27 a.m.
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    Often the people upset about "slow" drivers in the left lane are just nuts.
    You come up on a car going much slower than you, you signal to the left, you change lanes, then someone going 90 or more comes up behind you. You pass the car you were passing, you get just enough room between the car you passed and you, you signal to the right. Then the race car driver behind you swerves over and guns it. As they go flying by they flip you the bird. You were in the left lane for perhaps 20 seconds going 10 mph over the posted limit and this person acts like you've been blocking them for an hour.

    Then you have folks that seem to think any left lane is the fast lane. Doesn't matter if you need to turn left, they want you out of their way.

    People just need to take a deep breath and be reasonable. Something about being behind the wheel turns some people into maniacs. I've known people that were always calm, collected, and reasonable... until they got behind the wheel.

  • Thomas White Jun 15, 7:11 a.m.
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    I would rather they have a law regarding people not moving over when the DOT has signs telling you to move over because there is road construction ahead. Often the DOT gives people miles to move over, but you always have the people who don't want to move over until the last minute. These drivers get a head of many who have moved over and then they are the people who cause the traffic pileup as they then try to merge with a long line of vehicles that did what they were told.

  • Mike Brody Jun 15, 7:07 a.m.
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    You guys are missing the point. Left lane usage on highways is for passing only. The left lane is NOT a driving lane. It's in the rules of the road book that everyone received when trying to get their license.

  • Chris Holcomb Jun 15, 6:58 a.m.
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    I have a bigger problem with someone who is fine intentionally sitting in the far left lane knowing they are blocking other people vs. someone speeding.

  • Amy Simpson Jun 15, 1:01 a.m.
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    When there are 3 or more lanes, I'm happy to stay out of the left-most one, but asking me to stay in the right-most lane on a busy highway with exits is asking me to increase my risk of an accident: I'm supposed to stay there except to change lanes to pass a slower driver, and except to change lanes yield to a merging driver, etc., all the while having to dodge the traffic in the passing lane, and to brake for the left-lane drivers who wait too long and dash across both lanes to exit. No, thank you.

    As long as I'm driving at the posted speed limit, I should be entitled to drive wherever I want. If you want to go faster than that, it's not my problem; *you* can be the one risking life and limb with frequent lane changes, not me.

  • John Townsend Jun 14, 11:19 p.m.
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    This is a good idea. Too many people drive like oblivions. They pay no mind to those behind them because they are unconcerned with what is behind them, might as well not have a rear view mirror. Traffic backs up behind them as they pick the lane they perceive as empty as far as they are concerned.
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    Pro tip, if you get passed on the right, 9 times out of ten, you are driving badly.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Jun 14, 10:14 p.m.
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    I think we should be able to go as fast as we want on highways and interstates, like Germany and the autobahn. There are several spots on 40, 440, 540, and so on where I've seen crotch rockets pass me like I'm sitting still, and I'm doing 80. If the majority is driving over the limit, shouldn't the laws be changed so we're not arresting grandma and grandpa?. It seems to me that citizens are going to go as fast as they want because after all, the politicians are doing it and they work for us!

  • Deborrah Newton Jun 14, 9:48 p.m.
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    Ps. If someone is going crazy fast, do us all a favor...let them go AND call 911..each county will transfer you to Highway Patrol waiting ahead, make sure to get tag, description, anything.

  • Deborrah Newton Jun 14, 9:45 p.m.
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    I beg to differ: Last week I was almost involved in a horrible accident on I40 East...slower truck with both driver and passenger oblivious looking at phones as I passed them on right, thinking they will cause accident with cars backed up behind them..I was doing 70, they were a round 63 in 70...as cars in left lane started moving around them, sure enough a big truck who didn't realize they were not going speed limit ran up on them, swerved left over corrected right, flipping, all I saw in rear view was sideways headlights. .. knew he was going to land on me, don't know how he missed taking me with him. Combination of 1. Distracted slow driver, 2. In left lane, 3, backed up traffic moving right to pass, and 4. Van not realizing slow car was in passing lane almost caused fatalities in a second. Pass the bill, please! People are NOT paying attention. Deb Newton, Attorney (freaked but glad to be alive )

  • Henry Cooper Jun 14, 8:32 p.m.
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    There is a level of safety to this if you are realistic about it. If the guy wants to do 80 me trying to block him is not going to fix anything it will likely make the situation more dangerous to myself and the other cars around me. I say get out of the way and let the police do their job. There is no need for wanna be highway patrolmen trying to solve traffic problems.

    If traffic is so heavy and the speeder is nudging someone that can't move over I have no doubt the police will pull the aggressive driver. This law is not move over at all cost in heavy traffic it is for the person that does not move over when there is more than enough room to do so.

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 14, 6:52 p.m.
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    My question is:
    if a left-laner is doing the speed limit, and lead foot is tailgating (to 'nudge' them along), who does the officer pull over? The law-abiding driver, or do they wait until lead foot gets clearance to jettison on by? Personally I'm concerned that the encouragement to back up behind those running the legal limit is the more dangerous. No where near enough space to react if traffic is that thick (imho)

  • Stacie Hagwood Jun 14, 5:14 p.m.
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    Such a stupid law and a complete waste of legislator's time. Is this the kind of thing that occupies their time when they could be redrawing fair districts or appointing a non-partisan committee to do so? All because some lead-foot legislator gets p-o'd as he flies along the interstates?

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