Proposed amendment may force drivers out of the left lane

Proposed amendment may force drivers out of the left lane

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - An old state law may be getting new teeth: Rep. Charles Busby of Pascagoula has introduced an amendment that would keep drivers on state multi-lane roads from driving continuously in the left lane.

But for some Coast drivers, a law may not change old habits. Roy Magee of Gulfport doesn't think it will keep him from his lane of choice.

"When I got to get where I got to go, I'm gone," said Magee, a licensed, professional truck driver.

When Magee is in his vehicle, it's about time saved.

"Because of the congestion of traffic, I think it's more comfortable for me to get in that left lane because it kind of moves a little bit quicker than the right lane," Magee said. "It's not like a have a malicious thing for driving in the left lane. No, I just like to ride in the left lane because it gets me where I'm going faster."

Busby introduced the amendment to Mississippi Code of 1972 this legislative session and added a fine of $5 to $50. The rule currently applies only to interstate traffic, not state multi-lane roads.

"....driver's ed teachers teach us that that what we should do is stay in the right-hand lane, and only use the left-hand lane when we're turning or overtaking another vehicle," Busby said. "That is law in a lot of states and most states even, but wasn't in Mississippi."

Zamna Castro Garcia says she's willing to use the fast lane and a fine may not be a deterrent.

"Not really. I would still do it. I'll be honest, I would still do it. Because we got to go where we got to go. I'm a mommy. We got to get places fast and in a hurry," said Garcia.

Kelly Collins is a right-lane driver and likes the idea of a fine.

"People might be a little more aware," Collins said. "Same thing like with the telephone. People are a little more aware not be texting and driving, because there's a fine."

But, Latoya Johnson isn't so sure it would be enforceable.

"I think it's silly," Johnson said. "Because how could a cop determine how long you've been in that lane in order to give you a fine for it?"

If the bill should be signed into law, it would go into effect July 1.

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