I think it's more of a suggestion than something that could get you a
ticket. The wording may be different. I seem to remember the NJ turnpike
signs read "slower traffic keep right". Additionally trucks are not allowed
in the left lane there (though at some points they have their own lanes).
The thing that I notice about the "fast" lane is that many seem to think
their amount of speeding is all right, but anything faster is just crazy so
they're not moving over.
In most states, "keep right except to pass" is codified into law. When
it's posted on rectangular black&white signs (like speed limit signs),
it's not advisory. (Like diamond black and yellow signs.)
Enforcement is just about non-existant, however.
On 15 Jul 2005 08:53:41 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I've asked police friends of mine about left lane bandits and they say
they *do* give them a ticket when it is outrageous (i.e., 50 in a 65).
The uncaring culprit is guilty of "cruising" according to my friends.
In other words they are saying, "I will select your speed limit."
Never escalate. Never impede. If I am traveling in the fast lane, it
is because I am passing someone, or I am in a line of traffic. When I
pass someone, I pull into the right (or center) lane, especially if
there is someone behind me. He wants to go faster -- who am I to deny
him? Left lane bandits are more dangerous than speeders - not as
dangerous as tailgaters, but right up there with causes for accidents.
BTW, the signs I saw were in CT. Mass has "keep right except to pass"
as many (all) states have.
I drive south on Rt. 95 from NH to MA every morning. The 3rd lane
of 4 is filled with clueless dopes going 55-60, sometimes even less,
who aren't passing anyone, they're just forcing others to clog up
the 4th lane. 90% of these people are from Maine, where their own
Maine Turnpike has signs to keep right. I use headlights, horn
and/or quick French-style lane returns after passing in an effort
to get them to see they're in the wrong lane. 1 in an 50 will move
It's our own home-grown problem and here's an example. A couple
months ago, I pick up my son from driver's ed class. Next to me
is a guy apparently picking up his son. The son hops in the SUV,
neither one is buckled up. The dog is on the the driver's lap.
Leaving, no turn signals are used and he just whips through a
stop sign. Good example Dad! And I see cops breaking common rules
almost daily. How the hell is the average Joe supposed to drive
I've driven in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland and
all over the US. We just suck when it comes to driving. I think
a lot of it is the "it's a free country, I'll do what I want"
attitude. The rest is just ignorance of what's going on around
them. Very lame.
Glad I didn't get started about cell phones.... :)
from firstname.lastname@example.org (Kyle Tucker) contains these words:
We get that here, too. A local copper was nicked recently for doing
nearly 60mph in a 30mph zone and 159mph in a 70mph zone. Worse, he got
d;o) Yes. Let us not venture into that hornet's nest.
Son's taking driver's ed, eh? Do him and his mom a favor and enroll
him in the Stevens Advanced Driver Training, aka Skid School. Their
site is www.msada.org. School is half day, typically 16 students
with four new Volvos. Cost is $300, with Mass Auto Dealers Assoc.
picking up $150.
They emphasize abs braking (and non-abs braking to those who want it),
car handling (starting with proper seating and hands positions),
emergency reaction, tailgating, and the dangers of backing-up. Great
school. I used to work for Stevens when he taught cops (VT, Md, MA)
and if I sponsor a kid, he will use me as a demonstrations driver for
the kids' parents.
Well he's had his license for a few months now, but we are real
ball-busters about driving correctly *and* wearing seatbelts.
I read about this course in the Globe's Automobile section one
week. According to the website's schedule notes, it's only open
to residents of certain Massachusetts towns listed, depending on
Anyone in Massachusetts may attend. The towns listed are *where* the
school will be taught on those days. I usually use Devens (the old
airfield runways) when I sponsor a kid. I've sponsored about 4 or 5
this year so far. You can choose which site you want, i.e., Ayer
(Devens), Bedford, West Springfield, etc.
It sounds like you are giving him what he needs, but believe me, he
will benefit greatly from all the exercises in Stevens' school. And,
he (and you) will have a ball doing it. d;o)
Here is the relevant law for NY:
While it's clear about not driving on the left side of a road (i.e. in
the wrong lane), and it does indicate that one should pass on the left
where possible (although it also allows for passing on the right), it
does not say "stay right except to pass". There's nothing in the NY law
that says you can't park your ass in the left lane of a divided highway
and do 55 mph till the cows come home.
Keep your insults to yourself, asshole. I never said *I* drive that
way, or that I think people *should* drive that way, I was simply citing
the relevant law in New York State. Jump to conclusions much?
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