Slower Drivers Could Be Fined For Holding Up Traffic If Measure Passes

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A measure introduced in the North Carolina Senate would allow fines to motorists that slow up traffic in the leftmost travel lane of a controlled-access or partially controlled-access highway.

Senate Bill 303, introduced on March 16, would allow a fine of $200 to any motorists that impedes the flow of traffic by driving below the speed limit in the lefthand lane. The measure reads in part, “For purposes of this subsection, a person is “impeding the steady flow of traffic” 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.”

The measure passed the 1st reading on March 20 and has been referred to the transportation committee.

*Reminder: A bill has to pass three readings in the Legislative branch it was introduced in, before moving to the next branch (Senate to House or House to Senate) for consideration and readings. If it passes three readings in the next branch, then it goes back to the original branch it was introduced in to be approved and then moves on to be enrolled and signed into law. For a more in depth explanation visit this link*  

   

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