Maryland law would fine drivers lingering in left lanes

BALTIMORE, MD (WCMH) — A proposed law in Maryland would fine drivers who stay in the left lane up to $250.

According to the Washington Post, the law states that drivers are to use the left lane to pass and then they are required to merge back into right lanes. The hopes are that the bill will help prevent bottlenecks and road rage incidents.

WTOP, reports the law would affect highways with a speed limit of 55mph and three lanes going in the same direction.

“My concern is this bill says the left lane is the fast lane and, unless you’re going fast, don’t use it,” John B. Townsend II, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic and a critic of the bill told the Washington Post.

If passed, Maryland would join other states, like Virginia, with laws limiting vehicles lingering in the left lane. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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