TN lawmakers consider “passing lane” bill

TENNESSEE (WJHL) – Driving slow in the fast in Tennessee could earn drivers a $50 fine if a new bill becomes law.

The “Passing Lane Bill” would require cars to stay in the two right lanes on three lane highways and to only use the left lane to pass other vehicles.

State Representative Jon Lundberg of Bristol is co-sponsoring the bill.

Lundberg told News Channel 11, he has experienced slow drivers in the fast lane many times during his 300 mile drives to Nashville.

Lundberg said it not only backs up traffic, but it sometimes causes accidents.

“Most people are going 70 miles an hour, so you have to slam on your brakes because the cars ahead of you are going 50, so that’s an issue,” said Lundberg.

The Tennessee House of Representatives recently passed the bill, now the bill will head to the Senate Transportation Committee.

If the bill passes the Senate, Lundberg said in the future he hopes legislators will pass similar restrictions on two lane highways.

 

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