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Life in the fast lane: Speed up or face a fine

11:09 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The fast lane has become the slow lane according to some Jacksonville drivers, but that may change July 1 thanks to the "Left Lane Law".

"[Drivers] stay in the left land and are neck-and-neck to the car right next to them, like they're talking to them," said Rodney Gregory, a Jacksonville motorist.

It didn't take First Coast News long to find one of those slower drivers Monday.

We found a black Honda holding up traffic on Beach Blvd. in the middle of rush hour traffic.

The car was driving five miles-per-hour under the posted limit, but the driver displayed a prime example of what Governor Rick Scott is trying to prevent.

Governor Scott has clarified what used to be a gray area by signing what has been called the "Left Lane Law" and making it illegal to drive 10 miles-per-hour slower than the posted speed limit, starting July 1st.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the law will be enforced on state, county and local roads.

"We think it's a step in the right direction and we're pleased because it's a common sense approach to something we all experience on a daily basis," said David Miller, CEO for Brightway Insurance.

Distracted driving is still the number one cause of accidents, according to Brightway Insurance, but slow drivers are always a talker and ticketing a person at least $60 for left lane infractions is gaining traction.

"Taking money from people in these days and times is crazy but I think people should be aware of their driving," said Clarence Cobb, a Jacksonville motorist.

FHP has said $60 dollars is the base ticket price, but the fine could be more depending on the county you are ticketed in and its assessed fees.

First Coast News

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