State Legislature passes bill making it illegal to drive slow in the fast lane

Slow drivers could soon face a $60 fine

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If you're a driver, chances are you've experienced it. Junior Santos says it's one of his biggest pet peeves when fast-lane drivers go anything but fast.

"If people want to drive slow it has to be in the last lane on the other side," Santos said.

But as Santos knows, that often does not happen.  However, until now there wasn't much anyone could do about it.

This week, after years of trying, both the Florida House and Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal for drivers to go slow in the left lane.

"I think it's going to make us a little bit safer," said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.

Brandes says he insisted lawmakers take this issue up.  Nicknamed the "road rage" bill, the legislation is meant to help drivers keep their cool.

If Gov. Scott signs the legislation into law, drivers would face a $60 fine for driving 10 mph or more under the posted speed limit in the left lane.

The law would apply to any road or highway with two or more lanes.

"If you drive within 10 mph of the speed limit, that's not a problem. But if you know you're going to be overtaken, you should move out of the way," Brandes said.

Santos says it's music to his ears.

"It'll make other people's days better," said Santos.

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