Montgomery County Feels Need for Speed

County considers cracking down on slow drivers

By Andy Salsman
|  Friday, Jul 15, 2011  |  Updated 10:37 AM EDT
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Is there such a thing as driving too slow in the fast lane? Some people in Maryland think so. But should state law be changed so that  slow drivers get cited?

Derrick Ward

Is there such a thing as driving too slow in the fast lane? Some people in Maryland think so. But should state law be changed so that slow drivers get cited?

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Don’t you hate it when you’re cruising down the highway and suddenly find yourself stuck behind some car inching along at 40 mph?

Montgomery County police apparently do. They’re looking to change the law to require cars in the left lane of some roads to yield to faster cars.

Drivers would have to pull to the right lane if they were driving below the speed limit.

They’d even have to pull over if they were driving at or above the speed limit, if a car from behind was going even faster.

“So, this is a free pass for people driving over the posted speed limit,” Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large), of Takoma Park, told the Gazette. “That’s not good policy.”

The Maryland General Assembly would have to approve the change.

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