I'll open myself up to tremendous criticism here by taking a lightly opposing viewpoint. One thing that people seem to disregard is the fact that generally the speed limit is the same for all lanes. Yes, I know that most states have some sort of law that says stay right except to pass. Washington does. I believe the original intent of the law was that IF YOU ARE UNABLE to maintain the posted speed limit, then you must stay in the right hand lane, UNLESS YOU ARE PASSING another SLOW vehicle, hence the verbiage on most signs that says "Slower traffic keep right" or the equivalent.
Over time that has gotten bastardized and misintrepretted by almost everyone (including LEO's) so that people think the right lane is for driving the posted speed limit and then the other lanes are for going progressively faster than the posted limit. Hence the term "fast lane". There is no "fast lane". All lanes have the same speed limit, unless otherwise posted as such. Using the far left lane for passing is correct and proper, but passing doesn't necessarily mean staying at 20 or more over the posted limit for miles and miles. It means pulling into the left lane, passing the car on front of you and then getting back into the right lane.
If you cannot maintain the posted limit, then yes, by all means you must stay in the furthest right lane so as not to impede traffic legally driving traffic, but if someone else wants to break the law and go 80 MPH in a posted 60 MPH zone, then why should they have a special lane resereved for their illegal behavior?
I stay in the right hand lane because I generally don't pass much and I drive the speed limit, or the little bit over that means keeping up with the traffic flow. I don't need a "fast lane" in which to disregard the speed limit all day long.
It's not my job to try and slow others down, but on the other hand, I see no reason why we should make special allowances for law breakers.
If you get angry with me for driving 60 MPH when you want to go 70, should the other guy be angry with you when he wants to go 80? And should that guy be angry at the next guy who wants to go 90? Or is it all just a free-for-all, and we all go as fast as we want?
The term "left lane campers" can be used two ways: For those who stay in the left lane while NOT passing, and for those who stay in the left lane at 20 over the posted limit for miles and miles without getting back into the right lane once they have passed the slower drivers.
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