The so-called Georgia “Slow Poke” law goes into effect
Tuesday, July 1.
The law requires drivers in the left lane of a four-lane Georgia highway (two lanes in each direction or more) to move to the right when a vehicle traveling faster comes up from behind. The law is meant to reduce congestion by freeing up the “fast lane” for drivers traveling faster, and it is meant to reduce road rage incidents and tailgating.
On Monday, Patch reported Atlanta is the third-worst major metro area in the country for “discourteous” driving over the Fourth of July weekend, according to a report from Safeco Insurance.
The “Slow Poke” law (officially HB 459) allows law enforcement to ticket drivers who are impeding the flow of traffic by driving too slowly in the left lane. Exceptions may be made for vehicles turning left or when traffic conditions necessitate usage of the left lane.