Bill would tweak law on slow left-lane drivers

As published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on February 18, 2016:

"Some state lawmakers want to strengthen the law against ʻvehicular lollygagging,ʻ a term that describes motorists who drive slowly in the left lane as faster-moving traffic stacks up behind or streams around them on the right.

House Bill 2746 was introduced by state Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole (D, Kahaluu-Ahuimanu-Kaneohe), who commutes regularly from Windward Oahu, and was approached by constituents who are unhappy with the driving habits of some of their fellow travelers.

Many Hawaii highways have signs instructing slower traffic to move to the right, but ʻjust from experience, nobody follows this law, and it’s never been enforced,ʻ Keohokalole said.

A state law has been on the books for 45 years requiring that vehicles move right if they are traveling more slowly than “the normal speed of traffic,ʻ Keohokalole said. Violators face fines of up to $200 for a first offense, but the existing law doesn’t define the term “normal speed of traffic.ʻ

That means any citation for ʻlollygaggingʻ could be challenged, and would likely be dismissed when it gets to court, Keohokalole said. Keohokalole’s bill would require that vehicles in the left lane of a two-lane highway move to the right if they are traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic, and have three or more vehicles stacked up behind them."

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