Troopers are cracking down on drivers staying in the left-hand lane
Georgia State Patrol is cracking down on drivers staying in the left lane too long.
They want to make roads as safe as they can by cutting down the number of lane changes.
Troopers say if slower drivers stay out of the left-hand lane, then faster drivers would not have to weave in and out of traffic.
This would put fewer people at risk of being involved in a crash.
Almost every driver has seen someone driving fast and changing multiple lanes on the interstate.
In 2015, there were more than 385,000 crashes in Georgia, and more than 20,000 were either serious or deadly.
That's why the Georgia State Patrol is cracking down on what's known as the slowpoke law to save lives.
“Reduces the number of crashes, it also reduces tailgating. It reduces road rage; it reduces congestion and traffic jams,” said Francisco Zepeda.
Corporal Francisco Zepeda says the law has always been in place to make sure people are not driving in the left-hand lane for too long.
Now officials have made a minor change to say even if you are going the speed limit, you must still get over.
“In turn causes traffic delays, traffic jams, and then they will have to start changing lanes trying to get around slower traffic,” Zepeda said. “So it does reduce on the weaving in and out of traffic.”
Zepeda says drivers can only use the lane to get around slower moving traffic.
He says troopers hope this will keep traffic flowing smoothly.
“Once his passing maneuver is completed, he is required to change into the center lane to allow that left lane to remain open,” said Zepeda.
The cost for this breaking this law varies by county or city limit. Violators will be given a ticket with a court date and number to call to get more information.