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Proposed law would ticket 'slowpoke' drivers in left lane

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ATLANTA -

A legislator is proposing a new state law that would fine drivers who impede traffic by driving too slow in far-left lanes on Georgia highways and interstates.

Representative Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon) has introduced legislation that would keep people from lingering in the left lane.

"I always say it's the manners your momma should have taught you; if someone pulls up behind you, you move to the right and let them by," Hitchens said.

Hitchens was a state trooper for 30 years. He wants police to ticket drivers who drive under the speed limit in the left hand lanes of four-lane highways and interstates for impending traffic.

"If you're not driving the speed limit, you have a duty to get out of the way," Hitchens said.

Drivers who say life in the fast lane should be fast fear that slow drivers are dangerous.

"They're going to cause you to wreck or you're going to wreck trying to get around them," said Henry Littman.

There is already a law that refers to lane usage, but Hitchens says not enough people know about it. This legislation would make it stronger and more specific.

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