In 2015 Indiana created a Left Lane Law that allows law enforcement officers to ticket drivers who are slowing down or cruising in the left lane and holding up traffic.
Police were pretty lenient when this law was first instated to allow drivers some time to adjust to the learning curve. Now they are cracking down and all of those warnings are turning into tickets.
We’ve all been there you are in a hurry and you get held up by someone driving slow in what is supposed to be the fast lane. Sometimes resulting in aggressive driving in order to get around them.
“The Indiana State Police has stepped up their efforts in enforcing the law. We have written over 1,000 warnings in the last two years for it and over 200 citations for the left lane violations,” says Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames.
Alejandra Chavez drives from Indianapolis to Terre Haute often and she says the Left Lane Law has helped her commute, “personally I like the left lane law because I am somewhat a fast driver so it is really nice that I can pass the semis because sometimes they are a little bit slower.”
Drivers are also starting to notice more often when they see people not abiding by the Left Lane Law.
“He stayed in the left lane for a good two miles and was trying to go as fast as possible, and when I was trying to pass him I was going 70 myself and he was going way faster than that,” says Micheal Mack.
Sgt. Ames says the law was created to make the roadways safer by helping the flow of traffic and, “to do was to take away aggressive driving and road rage from individuals as well.”
Drivers like Mack appreciate the added safety precaution, “it is somewhat necessary because if people get used to speeding, not for a purpose, then that causes into more accidents, more risk, and sets a worse driving community.”
But like any other law, “if one person only does it then it won’t work well,” says Mack.
Sgt. Ames says that drivers should move into the left lane to make a pass then once they have cleared the other vehicles, move back into the right lane. This law applies for both interstates and highways.