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If you’re a motorcyclist, odds are that you aren’t one of those car drivers that squats in the left lane plodding along exactly at the speed limit while everyone else stacks up behind you with their blood pressure nearing the bursting point. Then again, maybe you are one of those mouth-breathers who believes it is their God-given right to drive in whatever lane they want, no matter who it inconveniences. (If you are, we’ve got a special place in Hell carved out for you to spend all of eternity listening to the Barney Song turned up to 11.)

While we’ve all experienced the aggravation of the left lane squatter, it turns out that slowing down traffic in the left lane is also a safety hazard because it forces faster drivers to weave back and forth between lanes, which can cause a cascading wave of deceleration in the right lane that further slows and stacks up traffic. Oh yeah, it increases the odds of an accident, too.

So, next time you see some doofus online, bloviating about how safe he is going the speed limit in the left lane instead of sticking to the right unless he’s passing, point him in the direction of the video below. While it probably won’t change the blowhard’s behavior, you might just inform some less experienced driver, like the narrator in the video, about proper lane discipline.
Read more about The Safety-Based Case Against Left Lane Squatters at Motorcycle.com.
 

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The left lane squatters are trying to slow people down in order to save the planet from climate change. They don't care if it puts others at risk.
 

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These are the same people who call child services if your children play in their own back yard without a parent within six feet. They have nothing better to do than get in peoples way. They were probably hall monitors in elementary school.

Years ago I had a co-worker who did this. One morning she came in furious - The CHP had ticketed her for obstructing traffic. Only time I ever enjoyed one of her tirades.
 

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Spokane has started an emphasis patrol on I-90 for this. Tickets are being given to anyone using the left lane and and not pulling back to the right after overtaking another vehicle(No matter your speed.). This only applies if someone is approaching from the rear at a greater speed.
Seems to be working, as I've noticed a reduction in offenders.
 
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The Calif book of road rules recommends scanning your mirrors every few seconds, not every couple hours.
I followed a bone head down San Gabriel Canyon to day with my blinkers going and the silly driver was never aware of my presence.
Some folks are just oblivious to everything but themselves. It's not just the passing lane, fast lane but the whole friggin road way.
 

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Down here, on multilane roads with a speed limit of 80 km/h (50mph) or more, the law requires drivers to keep left (equivalent to you keeping right) unless overtaking.

The law also applies on roads with lower speed limits if the road is so signposted.

I just wish it were better policed.

I've seen drivers enter the motorway and immediately move across three lanes to sit in the fast lane and below the speed limit. Gahhh!
 

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I had an aunt (uncle's wife) who was the quintessential left lane squatter. She'd put the cruise on 1 to 2 mph below the limit and just park there. It was the "limit" of course so no need to edge quite to the limit. No amount of considerate constructive explanation to outright ridicule by friends and family could change her driving habit. This was during the Carter administration when the max limit was 55 mph! My folks would not ride with her after the first episode.
 

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The left lane hog is a problem in some areas. Especially places where passing on the right is discouraged.

Perhaps even worse is / are the tractor trailer trucks that will not move into the right lane (where they belong) on a multi-lane (more than 2 in the same direction) limited access highway. They insist on hanging in the 2nd lane even when the 1st lane is empty, which means that autos either have to pass on their right or left. They do this so they don't have to deal with inept motorists that can't manage a merge onto a limited access highway and think their left blinker is a free pass to just come on in with no regard to matching speed with the existing traffic.

Most auto drivers won't pass a tractor trailer truck on their blind, right side, which in effect reduces a 3 lane highway to 2, or a 4 lane highway to 3.
 

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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.

Flame away.
 

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Not a lot of multi-lane roads where I am, but I truly hate the clown that insist on sitting in the passing lane when travelling below the speed limit, though not as much as the ones that insist on sitting notably below until there's an opportunity to overtake them, at which point they jump to just above the limit (on a highly policed road), before dropping back down when the opportunity is gone.
Just bl00dy RUDE.
 
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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.

Flame away.
You are completely missing the point. Speed is irrelevant, it is all about making safe and efficient use of the highway space.

If you're sitting in an overtaking lane when you're not overtaking, you're wrong. If by so doing you're also blocking traffic, you're doubly wrong.

Unless you're job is traffic control officer, your speed and the speed of the blocked traffic is irrelevant and there is no good excuse for such behaviour other than inattention which is itself an offence.
 

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No, law enforcement doesn't misinterpret the law to mean that the ieft lane is the "speeding" lane.

What most police, what almost everyone, knows is that there is no way to move traffic efficiently on a multi lane highway if slower drivers (and I mean slower than the flow of traffic) don't keep right. That utopia where every car can maintain the exact same speed (and even more important, exact same safe following distance) may someday happen when all cars are self driving, but we're nowhere near that. Slower drivers who won't keep right may think they're being safe because "hey, the speed limit is 65 mph and I'm going 65 mph!", but they are creating a far bigger road hazard than the guy going 10 mph over the limit. Since it's impossible to keep everyone at the same exact speed, you're creating a backlog behind you where drivers who want to pass are bunching up, and riding each others' bumpers, and forcing them to the right (where they shouldn't be) to pass others. Following too closely and unsafe lane changes are a way bigger cause of accidents on a multi lane highway than that guy going 75 in a 65. Those left lanes are a pressure relief valve. If you're a left lane camper, you are the clog of toilet paper in the trap, and no matter how many times you flush the toilet, nothing is going to move until the clog is removed.

If you have the smug outlook that you're the safe one because you're going 65 mph in the left lane on a multi lane highway, so screw everybody else, you're dead wrong.

You're the clog.
 

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If you are in any lane and other vehicles are passing you on the right or left, you are in the wrong lane and need to shift to the right side of your roadway.
It's not anyone's job to police the rest of the driving public except the LEO's. Most road rage is perpetrated by slug drivers not paying attention and incapable of giving way.
 

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And you just know that none of the smug bastards doing the limit in the overtaking lane have ever checked their speedo against a GPS, so they're actually doing less than the limit. Insert your favourite expletives here.

I have to say that when I see Youtube vids I am amazed at the total lack of lane discipline in the USA, its bad enough here, but at least if you come up behind a slower vehicle and flash they will usually move over. US lanes look like a free for all.
 
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"US lanes look like a free for all."

Ain't it the truth? In down town Vegas, the big rigs use all the lanes and since they added more lanes it's even more of a free for all.
Golly, it's a giant cluster F--k.
Our licensing procedure seem to be the equivalent of getting your certificate dispensed by a gum machine. Very little in the way of proving capability.
 

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No flames here. You got it right: Passing (at an speed) means moving to a lane to the left of the slower traffic and moving back to the right after you get around them. Left lane campers include those who are going above the speed limit and think that this entitles them to stay in the left lane.

FWIW - The signs and laws in Maine say "Keep Right Except to Pass", but I have seen the "slower traffic stay right" signs in other states.

Here's a great link that shows what each state's laws (and one would guess their signs) say. They are not all the same, but it seems all states have the same problem.

 

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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.

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Every area seems to have different wording but most examples of the law essentially say that you cannot hold up traffic in the left lane and don't mentioned the speed limit. In other words holding up traffic is wrong regardless of what speed you are traveling.

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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.

Flame away.
No need to over think this. You need to move to the right when someone is overtaking you from behind. Simple courtesy. The speed limit has little to do with it and is no excuse for impeding the flow of traffic. It is a real problem here in Minnesota.
 
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