Virginia drivers caught lollygagging within the left lane are paying a excessive value for that sluggish experience.

Hundreds of drivers have been fined since July, when Virginia started issuing $100 tickets for driving too sluggish within the left lane or committing related violations reminiscent of failing to remain in the suitable lane besides when passing, Washington-based WTOP radio reported.

Earlier than the nice was adopted, such sluggish driving was technically unlawful however drew no penalties. The get-tough effort is designed to ease visitors congestion — and street rage. It is also raked in additional than $1 million in paid fines, with hundreds extra tickets nonetheless within the pipeline.

“It would not matter which nook of the commonwealth you come from,” Virginia Home Delegate Israel O’Quinn mentioned in pitching the plan to the Home of Delegates final yr. “It would not matter which interstate or four-lane freeway. … I assure you will encounter this many instances, even in the event you’re on the highways for only a few minutes.”

O’Quinn mentioned he held discussions with regulation enforcement officers all through the state and located common settlement that so-called “left-lane bandits” could cause main visitors stream issues.

WTOP obtained knowledge on the tickets via a public information request. From July 1 to April 3, greater than 16,000 citations had been issued for a collection of associated violations, primarily for going slower than the traditional velocity of visitors within the left lane and/or failing to remain to the suitable besides to go, the state figures present.

Neighboring Maryland has proposed fines of greater than double what Virginia has adopted. However the laws slowed down amid issues that the change would give police an excuse to tug over drivers.

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