If you drive slow in the fast lane, there’s a new price to pay.
The Florida Highway Patrol is cracking down on slow drivers by issuing tickets to those who travel more than 10 miles per hour — below the speed limit — in the left lane.
Now that it’s season, FHP says more drivers are on the road. People driving slow in the left lane can cause road rage and crashes.
“If you are going to drive slow, stay to the right lane and let people who are going the speed limit go around,” said Hobbs.
And if you don’t, you could get a ticket. Violators in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties will now face fines between $160 to 175 and a 3-point moving violation.
“I think they should be ticketed definitely,” said Val Meyer.
“They are slowing traffic, and it’s an inconvenience for everybody,” said Ken Komaksu.
The Florida Department of Transportation has started putting up warning signs on I-75 that read: “Slower traffic, move right.” Drivers we spoke with say they’re a welcome sight.
“I think it will cut down on accidents, on road rage, and on the bottle-necking on the highway,” said Lashanda Hutchins-Colon.
There are some exceptions, including when you’re preparing to turn left or when an obstruction makes it necessary for you to drive in the left lane.
FHP says safety is always the top priority.