Stupid White Boy Blabble

Driving in the Left Lane – UPDATED

April 13, 2011
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Oh boy. Few things make me more upset than driving. Whether it’s the slow driver or the person who just cuts you off, nothing makes my blood boil more than driving. Luckily I live in the city where walking and public transportation make my driving almost obsolete. BUT I still have to at times.

Now I hold the belief that speed doesn’t kill. That doesn’t mean I drive 100 mph on the freeway or 50 through a neighborhood. But I believe that bad driving is the main cause. Speed might have been a factor but it isn’t the main cause of crashes. With that said, I don’t mind if people drive slow. Some people prefer it and that’s fine. What I do mind is people who drive slow in the left lane. Lets brush those cobwebs off your brain and look back at what we learned in drivers education. It is indeed a law to continually drive in the left lane. As stated in the Revised Codes of Washington (RCW) under RCW 46.61.100 Section four “It is a traffic infraction to drive continuously in the left lane of a multilane roadway when it impedes the flow of other traffic.” And while it might not seem like it is something police enforcement wouldn’t pull you over for, police are indeed cracking down on it.

The problem is, it disrupts the flow of traffic. I admit, I drive about 5-10 mph over the speed limit on the freeway. I get it from my parents who both speed. And I try to always stay in the right lane because I don’t want to be hypocritical. But when I am passing a few cars in the left lane and come up on someone driving at or below the speed limit, that’s when the frustration begins. It is clear that as I am catching up with you, I would like to keep going past you. Yet I am have to hit the brakes and slow down. Then I have to try and get in the right lane (passing in the right lane can be illegal) and pass them. Not only does it slow me down, but it can also disrupt smooth moving traffic in the right lane.

So please, for the sake of my sanity, and for the sake of helping everyone get to their destination more smoothly, stay out of the left lane except to pass. And yes, stereotypes are often true, Washington probably violates this more than anyone. Plus we all love to drive slow. And drink coffee.

UPDATE: An even better video of a police officer enforcing the “don’t sit in the left lane” law

The Washington State Patrol has a good video on left-lane driving:

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I'm Jeff. I like PR, sports, politics and traveling. Not in that order. Oh and I also like cats and sharks. Go Cougs!

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