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Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Slow Poke Driver tickets? ()
Date: July 07, 2014 11:55AM

Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
New Georgia law tickets slow drivers getting in the way of faster cars. What do you think?

http://fairfaxcity.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/time-to-ticket-slow-poke-drivers-in-virginia51030

Georgia implemented its new “Slow Poke” law this week. And it had us wondering about the law in Virginia. It's already against the law here.

The new law requires drivers in the left lane of a Georgia highway move to the right when a vehicle traveling at a faster speed comes up from behind. Slower drivers who do not move out of the high-speed lane may be ticketed under the new law.

Proponents say the new law will reduce congestion, road rage and tailgating.

According to a 2006 report from Fredericksburg.com, Virginia's "slow poke" law states, "It shall be unlawful to fail to give way to overtaking traffic when driving a motor vehicle to the left and abreast of another motor vehicle on a divided highway."

So, should we be ticketing more "Slow Poke" drivers? Tell us in the comments section below.

When it comes to sharing the road, a recent Howard University study found that Virginia commuters may be safer than drivers in D.C. and Maryland, according to a CBS Local report.

The study looked at car accidents in the district. Virginia drivers lagged far behind Maryland and D.C.
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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: I'm from up north ()
Date: July 07, 2014 11:56AM

No. The law is the law. I for one love to drive in the left lane 5 mph under the posted limit just to make sure everyone arrives alive.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Stupid Writing ()
Date: July 07, 2014 05:22PM

Define "slow poke". Speed relative to everyone else or doing the posted legal speed limit? Who is illegal, the overtaking traffic or the person doing the speed limit and not moving over for the technical speeders? Yes, the "slow pokes" may be rude and unsafe, but illegal at the speed limit?

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: BrianSchoeneman ()
Date: July 07, 2014 05:53PM

The law doesn't differentiate between folks driving below or above the speed limit. If it is clear there are folks who want to get around you, move right. It doesn't matter if they are speeding - that's on them, not you.

This is one of the leading causes of traffic around here.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Tough One ()
Date: July 07, 2014 06:02PM

In Jersey, the state police will ticket you for impeding traffic in the left lane. Its much appreciated, along with Snooki, The Soprano's, and the best diners.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: nWtUd ()
Date: July 07, 2014 07:01PM

The "I'm from up north" post is a laugh.

Driving 50 in the left lane of the Beltway is extremely dangerous. Doing so is a reflection of some kind of passive aggression that probably stems to some bully behavior as a kid.

A driver who wants to police the speed of other drivers is an asshole and should lose his license.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: speedy ()
Date: July 07, 2014 07:33PM

It is time to ticket tailgaters.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Pace Car ()
Date: July 07, 2014 08:35PM

I like to find someone doing 5 under in the left lane, then pace them in the #2 lane. I can see everyone behind them with their heads exploding!

Let's all arrive safely!

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: the worst! ()
Date: July 07, 2014 09:19PM

The worst slowpoke driver is the one you are finally able to pass, then to "punish" you they put their hi-beams on. Seems like there's a lot of drivers who not only think it's their right and duty to make you stay behind their slow-ass but also to scold you when you have the audacity to go around them.
I say ticket them and crush their car. Seems fair.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Lovebandit ()
Date: July 07, 2014 10:06PM

I'm from up north said: No. The law is the law. I for one love to drive in the left lane 5 mph under the posted limit just to make sure everyone arrives alive.
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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: A Different Look ()
Date: July 07, 2014 10:12PM

I happen to be very fortunate that I am supplies a vehicle for my work.

I also happen to be one who like to move at the speed of traffic, or maybe slighly above at time.

However, if I do not drive the speed limit I will loose my privledge of having a vehicle supplied to me. The car is tracked by satellite and my location and speed are recorded at all times. A report is sent to my management and corporate headquarters with an overall rating of my driving. In short go around because I am getting paid to drive the speed limit and it's a priveldge not to be paing for maintenance, gas, insurance, tolls, parking, and everyother drain that comes with driving a car to work in the area.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Good Vibrations ()
Date: July 07, 2014 11:23PM

The fundamental issue is that the "keep right" rule is really just a poorly understood concept in this area, and there is zero encorcement of any "keep right" rules. Further, the clean-fuel-vehicle-elitists have further compounded the problem by engendering a sense of left-lane entitlment on the HOV/Clean-fuel discriminated roads. Multi-lane roads cause people to lazily think they aren't a hazzard as long as they are driving (what they think is safely) in their lane, regardless of whether it is the right, middle, or left lane. Last year, I was headed from Chantilly to Haymarket, down Rt. 28 South on a Sunday morning (approx. 10am) and then headed west on Rt. 66 to Haymarket. Rt. 28 was clear sailing, but once I merged on to 66 West from Rt.28 South, I was surpised by the traffic volume headed westbound on a Sunday morning - traffic was moving at 15-30 mph, but people seemed to be moving over from the left lanes to the right lanes, and I assumed there was an accident up ahead. After about 2 miles, as I passed the left-lane obstruction, I realized that the "accident" was intentional. There was a convoy of three Prius' nose to tail, in the left lane doing below the speed limit (isn't that their entitled lane - the HOV lane belongs to them, even if it is Sunday morning, right?), creating a rolling roadblock all as part of their hyper-miling experiment. Their attempts to maximize their MPG was not only dangerous (failure to keep right), it caused a lot of other people including me to be on/off/on the gas to traverse what should have been free-flowing traffic. I don't think I'll ever own a Prius, mostly because I don't want to be associated with this idiotic, look-at-me-I'm-green and I don't care if I don't know how to drive safely movement.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: NY Driver ()
Date: July 07, 2014 11:43PM

Tough One Wrote:
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> In Jersey, the state police will ticket you for
> impeding traffic in the left lane. Its much
> appreciated, along with Snooki, The Soprano's, and
> the best diners.


State police will do the same on the NY Thruway.

Incredibly, one time in NY I watched as a pickup intentionally bumped a car that would not move out of the left lane. Then they raced each other for a mile or so until the pickup sped away.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Curmudgeon ()
Date: July 07, 2014 11:48PM

Would love a law to prevent slowpokes in the left lane. I find most of the time those guys are oblivious because they're on the phone.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: nWtL7 ()
Date: July 08, 2014 12:25AM

BrianSchoeneman Wrote:
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> The law doesn't differentiate between folks
> driving below or above the speed limit. If it is
> clear there are folks who want to get around you,
> move right. It doesn't matter if they are speeding
> - that's on them, not you.
>
> This is one of the leading causes of traffic
> around here.


This is legally and logically incorrect.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Call Me Irresponsible ()
Date: July 08, 2014 06:26PM

Curmudgeon Wrote:
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> Would love a law to prevent slowpokes in the left
> lane. I find most of the time those guys are
> oblivious because they're on the phone.

I love driving safely in the left lane. You need to be careful too and it's my job to see that you do.

Arrive Alive!

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Cw3Pv ()
Date: July 08, 2014 06:38PM

How about just enforcing "keep right when on the phone".

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: BrianSchoeneman ()
Date: July 08, 2014 07:03PM

nWtL7 Wrote:
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> BrianSchoeneman Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The law doesn't differentiate between folks
> > driving below or above the speed limit. If it
> is
> > clear there are folks who want to get around
> you,
> > move right. It doesn't matter if they are
> speeding
> > - that's on them, not you.
> >
> > This is one of the leading causes of traffic
> > around here.
>
>
> This is legally and logically incorrect.

No, it isn't.

The Code doesn't specify that you only have to allow someone to pass if you are travelling slower than the limit. And if you don't believe me, you can read this article which includes a quote from a State Trooper essentially saying exactly what I said.

http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/022006/02092006/166829

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: 79xDn ()
Date: July 08, 2014 07:04PM

Save the gay whales.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: July 08, 2014 09:22PM

Time for the police to start enforcing the damn law.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: U6MEp ()
Date: July 09, 2014 03:46AM

If the speed limit is 65mph - ANY driver doing 65mph can drive in ANY lane.

This is a fact and no one has ever been ticketed for driving the speed limit in any lane.


Here is an example for you dumbfucks:

Judge - Why did you ticket this driver?

Cop - I ticketed this driver for doing the speed limit in the left lane.

Judge - Why would you do that?

Cop - Because there was another driver behind them that wanted to pass and go faster.

Judge - So, officer, you ticketed the driver LEGALLY driving down the road so that another driver could ILLEGALLY travel ABOVE THE SPEED LIMIT to pass them?

Cop - Yes

Judge - Case dismissed

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: htvjD ()
Date: July 09, 2014 06:25AM

Lot of slowpoke drivers on both 28 and 66 during rush hour, both in the morning and in the afternoon.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: BrianSchoeneman ()
Date: July 09, 2014 10:12AM

U6MEp Wrote:
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> If the speed limit is 65mph - ANY driver doing
> 65mph can drive in ANY lane.
>
> This is a fact and no one has ever been ticketed
> for driving the speed limit in any lane.
>
>
> Here is an example for you dumbfucks:
>
> Judge - Why did you ticket this driver?
>
> Cop - I ticketed this driver for doing the speed
> limit in the left lane.
>
> Judge - Why would you do that?
>
> Cop - Because there was another driver behind them
> that wanted to pass and go faster.
>
> Judge - So, officer, you ticketed the driver
> LEGALLY driving down the road so that another
> driver could ILLEGALLY travel ABOVE THE SPEED
> LIMIT to pass them?
>
> Cop - Yes
>
> Judge - Case dismissed

Not going to happen.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: slow_drivers ()
Date: July 09, 2014 10:18AM

Slow drivers? Just run them off of the road. If their car gets totaled, they are put in the hospital, or they die...it's one less slow driver on the road.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: In an Expedition Going 50 ()
Date: July 09, 2014 11:37AM

slow_drivers Wrote:
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> Slow drivers? Just run them off of the road. If
> their car gets totaled, they are put in the
> hospital, or they die...it's one less slow driver
> on the road.

Said the little shit in a Smart Car...

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: EGHwc ()
Date: July 09, 2014 01:14PM

LEO's really should enforce law -- not interprete.

46.2-804. Special regulations applicable on highways laned for traffic.

Whenever any roadway has been divided into clearly marked lanes for traffic, drivers of vehicles shall obey the following:

1. Any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions existing, shall be driven in the lane nearest the right edge or right curb of the highway when such lane is available for travel except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn or where right lanes are reserved for slow-moving traffic as permitted in this section;

The only confusion here is what is 'normal speed of traffic'. The code clearly states speed limit when referring to posted speed limits . If you are going slower than everyone else in the left lane, you can be charged. If you are already going the maximum speed limit is simply an affirmative defense but the judge will simply tell you 'move to right and let someone else get a ticket'.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Yep ()
Date: July 09, 2014 01:45PM

EGHwc Wrote:
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> LEO's really should enforce law -- not
> interprete.
>
> 46.2-804. Special regulations applicable on
> highways laned for traffic.
>
> Whenever any roadway has been divided into clearly
> marked lanes for traffic, drivers of vehicles
> shall obey the following:
>
> 1. Any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal
> speed of traffic at the time and place and under
> the conditions existing, shall be driven in the
> lane nearest the right edge or right curb of the
> highway when such lane is available for travel
> except when overtaking and passing another vehicle
> or in preparation for a left turn or where right
> lanes are reserved for slow-moving traffic as
> permitted in this section;
>
> The only confusion here is what is 'normal speed
> of traffic'. The code clearly states speed limit
> when referring to posted speed limits . If you
> are going slower than everyone else in the left
> lane, you can be charged. If you are already
> going the maximum speed limit is simply an
> affirmative defense but the judge will simply tell
> you 'move to right and let someone else get a
> ticket'.

Not a question of a new law, but rather enforcement of an existing one.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Matt LaFramboise ()
Date: February 03, 2017 08:41AM

You drive right and pass left. That is the law. All you are doing is showing your ignorance and fulfilling the need to think you are right.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Matt LaFramboise ()
Date: February 03, 2017 08:43AM

You drive right and pass left. That is the law. All you are doing is showing your ignorance and fulfilling the need to think you are right

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: yeses ()
Date: February 03, 2017 08:47AM

yes, it's time. I've seen people going 35 in a 60. Fuckers need to move the F over. And big trucks that block all three lanes and go under the speed limit should be illegal, too.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Checkout Lane 7 girl ()
Date: February 03, 2017 09:46AM

This law has been around for years, and is nearly never enforced.

It's gotten so bad with all the foreigners in NOVA dawdling in the left lane - that most passing on the beltway now occurs on the right.

I've been on the beltway several times lately and the only way to pass is to move over a few lanes to the right and get around. There are lines of cars doing this - swerving multiple lanes to get around slow traffic clogging the left lane.

Frankly I don't give a fuck. If the cops won't enforce any of it...then this is what we'll do.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: V ()
Date: February 03, 2017 11:00AM

BrianSchoeneman Wrote:
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> The law doesn't differentiate between folks
> driving below or above the speed limit. If it is
> clear there are folks who want to get around you,
> move right. It doesn't matter if they are speeding
> - that's on them, not you.

You cannot choose which law to follow. If you want to break the law and speed above the legal speed limit then DON'T complain about someone doing the speed limit in any lane.

When the flow is already slowed by traffic, it really doesn't matter what lane anyone is driving in, but lane changes slow things down more. Pick a lane and stay there, then everyone gets home faster.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: TTT ()
Date: February 03, 2017 11:06AM

Matt LaFramboise Wrote:
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> You drive right and pass left. That is the law.
> All you are doing is showing your ignorance and
> fulfilling the need to think you are right

The law also says that you cannot exceed the posted limit. I often see folks on the roads going faster than the 25 mph in town limits and the 55 mph Interstate limits.

Give speeders/tailgaters a BRAKE! It was pretty funny when a speedy guy hit my bumper with his new beamer :) He got to replace my car and pay for a front end for his brand new BMW. At least he had great insurance to take care of me and total my car so I could get a new one. He was in such a big hurry that he finally got to leave the scene in about 2 hours after the police interviewed him. Guess he didn't like me stopping for a pedestrian at the crosswalk.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Throat punch Gerry2 ()
Date: February 03, 2017 11:09AM

Stupid Writing Wrote:
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> Define "slow poke". Speed relative to everyone
> else or doing the posted legal speed limit? Who
> is illegal, the overtaking traffic or the person
> doing the speed limit and not moving over for the
> technical speeders? Yes, the "slow pokes" may be
> rude and unsafe, but illegal at the speed limit?


Please don't use that word "illegal". It's derogatory, biased, and triggering.

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Re: Time to Ticket 'Slow Poke' Drivers in Virginia?
Posted by: Labor Pains ()
Date: February 03, 2017 03:25PM

TTT Wrote:
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> Matt LaFramboise Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > You drive right and pass left. That is the law.
> > All you are doing is showing your ignorance and
> > fulfilling the need to think you are right
>
> The law also says that you cannot exceed the
> posted limit. I often see folks on the roads
> going faster than the 25 mph in town limits and
> the 55 mph Interstate limits.
>
> Give speeders/tailgaters a BRAKE! It was pretty
> funny when a speedy guy hit my bumper with his new
> beamer :) He got to replace my car and pay for a
> front end for his brand new BMW. At least he had
> great insurance to take care of me and total my
> car so I could get a new one. He was in such a
> big hurry that he finally got to leave the scene
> in about 2 hours after the police interviewed him.
> Guess he didn't like me stopping for a pedestrian
> at the crosswalk.

I had a guy try to brake check me in the left lane a few years back on the beltway. He was driving around the speed limit and apparently felt all emboldened like Matt the dick above.

Well, I rear ended him. Guess that will teach me...right?

At the point where I hit him, I then hit the gas instead of the brakes. Oops. That sent him into a tailspin, rolling over once and bouncing off the guardrail before landing back on his tires. He went to the hospital and his car was totaled. I had no damage to my push bumper. My insurance company found that he had contributory negligence and refused to pay for his car.

Would you dumb fuckers like to keep rolling the dice instead of getting out of the left lane?

I guess that's how Darwin sorts you all out.

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