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'Slow Poke' bill passes state house, heads to senate

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Drivers who like to drive slow in the fast lane may be ticketed for a misdemeanor if House Bill 459 passes the Georgia state Senate. The bill passed the state House this week by a vote of 162-9.

House representative Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, proposed the bill. Hitchens spent 28 years with the Georgia State Patrol.

Hitchen's "Slow Poke" bill is not meant to encourage speeding. But it is meant to send slower drivers a message that staying in the passing lane too long is not OK.

The bill is getting mixed reviews from drivers.

"Why would it be a misdemeanor? Because you are going to slow? So I'm going to jail because I'm going too slow," one driver questioned CBS46's Harry Samler.

Drivers will not go to jail, but could be fined. A spokesman for GSPl declined to comment. Fines are still being discussed.

HB 459 heads to the state Senate next week.

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