In this photo made Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, a driver stays in the passing lane as traffic accumulates behind along I-70 in Montgomery County, Mo. Many states have laws against driving in the left lane except for passing or turning left, which are often ignored by drivers, leading to annoying and dangerous bottlenecks that some experts say are as bad as driving too fast because people get trapped behind and become frustrated prompting some to drive more aggressively. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

States push to keep highway inner lanes clear for passing

November 04, 2017 - 11:16 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From stricter laws to public service campaigns to pleas on electronic signs along highways, states across the U.S. have a message for drivers clogging the left lane: Get the heck out of the way!

Experts agree that few things infuriate drivers more than a car or truck in a highway's left lane that isn't keeping up with the flow of traffic. They also believe it causes road rage and accidents.

Most states already have laws stipulating that the left lane is for passing or turning left, not for cruising. Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Nevada and Oklahoma are among states with new laws increasing fines and ratcheting up enforcement.

Others are taking a more subtle approach. Missouri nudges drivers with funny signs. Michigan troopers use traffic stops for a teaching moment.

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