State lawmakers are considering a bill cracking down on slow drivers in the fast lane.
The bill would require drivers in the far left lane to move over if they are going slower than the speed limit and if there are at least three cars immediately behind them. The legislation will go before the House transportation committee Wednesday, KHON-TV reported.
Honolulu police say that under the state’s current law, slow drivers should aim for the right-hand lanes of any roadway. They say driving at speeds of 5 miles per hour or more below the speed limit is permitted in only the far right lane.
The bill cites safety concerns as the need for stricter laws. It says slow drivers in the left-hand lane who force drivers to go around them can cause accidents.
Supporters of the legislation said it would help reduce traffic problems on the state’s highways, including jams and road rage. Others said the new rules might be difficult to implement.
“How would you put that on a sign on the road?” said driver Mara Alontaga. “It’s a little confusing if they were to make that a rule.”