Brakes Put on Slow Drivers in Kansas Fast Lanes
Reported by: Larry Seward
Last Update: 8:54 am
OLATHE, Kan. – A new driving law threatens to swipe cash from your wallet. It penalizes slow drivers. Fast lane cruising can be irritating, but illegal?
Some people call it ridiculous. However, soon it will be Kansas law.
Ever get stuck behind slow drivers in the fast lane?
“It can be very frustrating,” said Bill Dalzil, a driver.
“It doesn’t bother me so much,” said Terry Noland, another driver.
No matter how you feel, left lane users beware in Kansas. New state restrictions go into effect July 1.
On multi-lane highways outside city limits, cruising in passing lanes will get you pulled over.
“Oh my goodness, I’m glad I drive in Missouri,” Noland said.
Actually, Missouri already has similar laws. In Kansas, troopers plan immediate, heavy enforcement.
“We’d rather educate everybody right up front when this new law goes into effect,” said Lieutenant Kenneth Woods, a Kansas State Trooper. “We’ll issue them written warnings.”
However, warnings end July 2010. At that point, violators get tickets, $60 fines, and court fees of at least $75. Cruising in passing lanes will be a moving violation on par with illegal turns.
“Wow,” Noland said. “I think it takes away a bit of our freedom to drive.”
Noland drives 150 miles a day, five days a week.
“You just get used to driving in any lane,” Noland said. “I guess if they give you enough warnings, maybe, I don’t know, like seat belts we’ll all use them eventually.”
“I’m hoping it will catch on, but it has become abused,” Lt. Woods said. “That’s why the law has taken into effect.”
Lt. Woods says violators often slow traffic, delay emergency response times and create unnecessary hazard. Some drivers agree.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Dalzil said. “I really do. I think it will keep our highways safer.”