RALEIGH - Sick and tired of drivers creeping along in the left line? Then Senate Bill 303 is for you.
SB303, which was filed Thursday, would level a $200 fine for drivers clogging up the leftmost lane on interstates and other highways.
The proposal expands a law that already requires slower vehicles to keep right, but this bill adds monetary fines.
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The bill would create the fines for those who drive at less than the speed limit or when "impeding the steady flow of traffic."
When is someone impeding traffic? It's a bit of a judgment call, but the bill defines it as "if the person knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken from the rear by a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed."
SB303 does allow for reasonable exceptions, such as passing, or moving over to prepare for a left turn.
If the bill becomes law, it would go into effect Dec. 1, 2017.
In case you want to send them thank-you cards, the sponsors of the bill are GOP Sens. Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County, Tom McInnis of Rockingham and Jim Davis of Macon County.