Does Georgia's Slowpoke Law Help or Hinder?
Georgia's so-called "Slowpoke Law" is designed to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce road rage incidents. Simply put, Georgia's slowpoke law says that drivers in the passing lane can drive in that lane as long as they are passing others. If not, they must move over and allow the speedier motorists to go by. Some might say the law encourages people to speed. Others, meanwhile, believe that the law is necessary to keep the flow of vehicles going and prevent slowdowns and traffic jams.
Legislation like Georgia's slowpoke law begs the question: do we need a law like that on the books? Most people might say that it is necessary because a) drivers leave their common sense at home when they get into their cars, and b) politeness and etiquette have been discarded in favor of an "I'm going to do what I want when I want" attitude. Common courtesy, like common sense, turns out to not be so ordinary after all.
Traffic experts say that the safest speed to travel is not the posted speed limit. Preferably, the safest speed is the speed dictated by the flow of traffic. Refusing to proceed at the natural flow of traffic will create congestion, engender bad driving, compel aggressive operation, and can lead to road rage. The contradiction is hard to ignore. While driving at 65 miles per hour in accordance with the speed limit is expected, keeping that speed in the passing lane when others are travelling faster than you could result in getting pulled over and receiving a traffic ticket.
The converse is also true. People should not drive aggressively and tailgate because the motorist in front of them is driving recklessly. Weaving in and out of traffic unpredictably is not an option either. Weaving forces others to step on their brakes, which forces people behind them to brake, and so forth, ultimately causing a traffic jam even when there is no collision.
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