Driving Too Fast or Too Slow: Both Are Dangerous
Gregg Hollander | July 16, 2013 | Personal Injury
When driving on city roads or the freeway, you expect the traffic to be moving at a certain speed. An even and consistent flow of traffic helps drivers make decisions and to predict how other drivers will react when making turns and lane changes. While reckless driving, erratic moves and speeding have been known to cause fatal accidents, police officers and lawmakers have also discovered that driving too slow can be a risk to other motorists sharing the road.
A new law will require Florida drivers to move over if they are driving too slow. Drivers who fail to abide by the new regulations can also be liable for a fine. Our West Palm Beach injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and helping our clients recover compensation in the event of an accident. And we are dedicated to staying abreast of Florida laws that impact the lives of drivers, passengers, and all motorists sharing the roads.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, speeding is one of the biggest risks to drivers on the road. A new measure would give troopers the authority to target drivers who are traveling below the speed limit. Under the new regulations, any motorist in the left lane or “fast lane” must get out of the way of anyone trying to pass.
Every driver is willing to take different risks and will be traveling at different speeds. While driving styles and decisions will never be uniform, the law will allow drivers to accurately predict how the lanes should be used and how drivers ahead of them should react. Drivers who are consistently going above the speed limit will likely appreciate the new regulations as it requires that slower drivers move out of the way for faster drivers in the left lane.
While many drivers already move out of the way for drivers who are coming up behind them, especially when approaching quickly, there are other drivers who will remain in the left lane. This causes irritation to approaching motorists, but can also cause traffic delays and the potential for accidents if all drivers are moving to the right lane to pass. Lawmakers and police officers want drivers to remember that if you are not doing the speed limit or above, you should always remain in the right-hand lane.
For slower drivers, the new law simply means to stay in the right lane or be sure to move over if a faster car is approaching from behind in the left lane. Even if you are driving far below the speed limit, you can be comfortable staying in the right lane without having to make significant changes to your driving style.
Many drivers simply do not know the rules of the road and can be a significant risk to other motorists. Under the new law, any driver in the left lane or the “fast lane” who is driving 10 miles per hour or more below the speed limit can face a $60.00 ticket. Law enforcement officials will probably not be tracking “slow drivers” the way that they track speeders, but if a driver looks as though they are blocking traffic, frustrating other drivers, or in violation of the new “fast lane” law, they could be pulled over and ticketed.
All Florida drivers should be mindful of traffic laws and be aware of other drivers on the road. Common sense should also dictate that slower drivers remain in the right lane and drivers should move over if a faster car is approaching in the left lane. Florida Highway Patrol officers want to remind drivers that the priority is not speed; it is safety for all drivers and motorists. Safety depends on maintaining order and predictability on the roads.
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