Monday, April 04, 2005

Not such a crazy idea after all.

And you thought my idea was a little outrageous? Read it and come back.

Now check out how Colorado has decided to increase revenue and loosen traffic:
DENVER -— Colorado is serious about its no-dawdling law in left lanes.

Drivers who insist on staying in the passing lane are risking tickets as the State Patrol has begun enforcing a law requiring motorists to use the left lane for passing only.

Since the patrol started enforcing the "Left Lane Law'' three months ago, troopers have written about 460 tickets or about an average of five a day to drivers who dawdle in the left lane.

The law applies in zones with speed limits of 65 mph or higher. It took effect July 1, but troopers gave drivers until January to get used to the new law; warnings were issued instead of tickets.

Master Trooper Ron Watkins said that since the ticketing campaign began three months ago about 90 percent of the drivers he has pulled over for dawdling or cruising in the left lane said they didn't know that it was illegal to do so.

Violators of the left lane rule may be fined up to $41 and have three points tacked onto their driver's licenses. The law is not enforced when the highway is too congested to allow drivers to pass.
I think it was awfully generous for Colorado to give residents 6 months "to get used to" what they were taught in Driver's Ed and should have been practicing every day since. With the average Minnesotan being at least twice as smart as the average Coloradan, 3 months grace should be sufficient for local news to remind us of the new law and report on the left-lane-parkers who "didn't know it was illegal." The "I didn't know it was illegal" defense is the standard response from a guilty conscience. Yes, of course I've used it.

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