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Maryland House of Delegates passes bill putting slow drivers into right lane

February 27, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation Wednesday to force slow drivers to move out of the fast lane.

All five Washington County delegates voted for the bill.

If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law, drivers who block traffic in the passing lane would face a misdemeanor charge.

Opponents argued that it will give speeding drivers a license to go even faster.

"I think the message is the aggressive drivers, now you have the left lane you can zoom all you want," said Del. Carmen Amedori, R-Carroll.

But supporters said it was simply putting into law the state policy that slower traffic should move to the right on highways.

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It will stop cars from weaving in and out of traffic, which is more likely to cause accidents, said Del. Maggie L. McIntosh, D-Baltimore city.

Del. Richard K. Impallaria, R-Baltimore/Harford, voted against the bill even though he said he believes drivers should yield the left lane to faster cars.

"I am a person who believes government shouldn't legislate courtesy," he said.

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