Live life in the slow lane – penalties for abusing the left lane when driving goes through committee

Last week, the Senate Transportation and Judiciary Committees heard a bill that increases the penalty for driving slowly in the left lane to a misdemeanor. The bill’s author argued that penalizing slow left lane drivers would relieve congestion by leaving the left lane open to faster traffic.

In committee, discussion focused on whether a misdemeanor is too strict a punishment—would seniors possibly be stuck with a criminal record for inadvertently driving too slowly? An amendment was added in the Judiciary Committee to keep the penalty a petty misdemeanor, but increase the minimum fine to $100. The bill passed both the Transportation and Judiciary Committees, and now heads to the Senate floor. (SF 2997)