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ECSO to crack down on slowpoke bill

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is warning people it will now be cracking down on slow pokes who are cruising in the left lane.

The statewide law is nothing new, and for years we have been taught that slower drivers should keep right, but drivers aren't following the rules and are creating dangerous conditions on the roadways.

Effingham County Sheriff McDuffie said that has got to stop.

At one point, we all have been stuck behind that one driver who simply won't move over.

"It leads to more road rage than any single thing on the highway right now," said McDuffie.

It's a condition striking drivers traveling on highways across the state, and now the Effingham County Sheriff's Office is speeding up compliance.

"One of the major problems we have with road rage, and it you ask 99 percent of the folks what makes you maddest riding on the highway, they will tell you someone in the left lane that won't go on," he said.

On July 1, the slowpoke law took effect in Georgia. While it's difficult to enforce the law, it provides serious consequences for drivers in the passing lane who will not pull over to allow a vehicle that wants to go faster to pass them.

"We want people to understand there is a code section for it," he said. "There are laws there. We are going to start enforcing it. Writing tickets on it. Right now, we are just trying to get people to know it's there and do what you are supposed to"

Sheriff McDuffie said it's not only to prevent road rage. There are many reasons drivers should stay in the right lane.

"Say at night you got a drunk on the highway. He is going to be in that left lane is he is coming towards you," he said. "If you are in the right lane, he will blow by you and never hit you, but if you are driving in the left lane, where you shouldn't be, you will hit head on."

To help keep drivers safe, the Effingham County Sheriff's Office will now be ticketing those who are clearly violating the slowpoke law.

Drivers can remain in the passing lane when traffic congestion requires it or when inclement weather, obstructions or hazards make it necessary.

Anyone who violates the law faces a fine of not more than $1,000 and can be jailed for up to one year.

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