Bill wants vehicular ‘lollygaggers’ out of far left lanes

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If you’ve ever gotten stuck behind a slow driver in the far left lane of a highway or a freeway, you know how frustrating it can be.

A new bill in Hawaii looks to tackle the issue of vehicular “lollygagging.” View House Bill 2746 in its entirety.

Currently, there are laws in place to address it, but if House Bill 2746 becomes law, it would add more regulations.

It follows in the footsteps of other states like Florida and Georgia by targeting slow drivers who don’t follow the speed limit.

Supporters of the bill say when those drivers are in the far left lane, they create traffic problems, including jams and road rage.

“What do you know about driving in the left lane?” KHON2 asked.

“You want to drive in the left lane if you’re not exiting soon, if you want to go the speed limit, maybe above the speed limit,” said driver Lisa Benjamin.

But did you know that lollygagging in certain lanes could get you fined?

“I think most people don’t know what they’re doing when they’re driving,” said driver Mara Alontaga.

According to Honolulu police, the law states the driver of a slow-moving vehicle shall drive close as possible to the right-hand edge of any roadway, and no one, except those in the extreme right lane, shall travel at a speed which is five miles per hour or more below the maximum state speed.

“If you’re in the left lane and you see vehicles behind you, what do you usually do?” KHON2 asked.

“I guess you gotta go a little bit more faster,” Alontaga said. “I don’t particularly move over.”

A new bill wants to clarify what drivers should do.

House Bill 2746 would require drivers in the far left lane to move over if they’re driving less than the normal speed limit and if there are at least three cars immediately behind them.

The bill states slow drivers in the left-hand lane, who force drivers going the normal speed to pass from the right, may cause accidents.

People we talked to had mixed feelings about the bill.

Benjamin considers it a good idea. “I mean anything that speeds up traffic here, I’m all for it,” she said.

“How would you put that on a sign on the road?” Alontaga said. “It’s a little confusing if they were to make that a rule.”

If the bill becomes law, the state Department of Transportation would work with county police departments to spread the word to all drivers.

The House transportation committee is scheduled to hear the bill on Wednesday.

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