NC bill allows $200 fine for slow drivers who don’t move over

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drivers beware. Those caught bogging down traffic while travelling in the left lane in North Carolina could face a $200 fine under advancing legislation.

A House judiciary committee passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal for someone to block the steady flow of traffic by cruising in the passing lane.

Bill sponsors call it a public safety issue. They say drivers traveling below the speed limit in the left lane create tight clusters, which can cause accidents.

The proposal would expand a current law requiring vehicles traveling less than the speed limit to be in the right lane.

Rutherford County Republican Rep. David Rogers opposed the measure, saying it wouldn’t seem fair to punish drivers travelling the speed limit who don’t move over if a speeding car approaches.