House & Senate OK bill raising fines for slow drivers in the left lane

(Courtesy of Charles Collins)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) - A bill that would increase fines for driving slow in the left lane has passed both houses of the Virginia legislature and will now make its way to the governor's desk.

House Bill 2201 would make the fine for blocking the "fast lane" a mandatory $250. Vehicles traveling slower are supposed to drive in the right lane, according to current Virginia law.

According to NPR, slow drivers in the left lane can cause traffic jams, which the bill's creators hope to alleviate. Del. Kaye Kory and Sen. Scott Surovell hope this new regulation would also cut down on road rage incidents.

The bill passed the House 66-31 and the Senate 35-5.

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