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Life in the Slow Lane

One of the most frustrating experiences on the road is being stuck behind the bumper of a driver inching along in the fast lane. While road signs in Florida have provided clear instructions for years, stating “slower traffic move right,” many drivers still clog the roadways at less-than-the-limit speeds. While rush hour represents the worst time for slow driving, the practice causes problems at any hour of the day.

A leading cause of slow driving

While there are a variety causes for slow driving, one of the most hazardous of them all is fatigue. The data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that drowsy driving leads to thousands of deaths each year. According to an NHTSA study, sleep-related crashes typically are caused by single occupant cars late at night, early in the morning and in the mid-afternoon on high-speed roads. Unlike drug- and alcohol-related crashes, there are no tests to indicate whether fatigue or sleep was a factor in an accident.

The dangers of slow driving

Driving behind a slow driver can be more than just aggravating. It creates heightened danger when other drivers are forced to switch lanes quickly in order to overtake slower drivers in front of them. When cars cannot pass due to heavy traffic conditions, drivers often resort to prolonged tailgating and passing on shoulders, which increases the risk of rear-end collisions and swerving into oncoming traffic.

New slow driving law in Florida

Recognizing the very real dangers created by slow driving, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed a comprehensive highway safety bill that requires slower drivers to stay out of the left-hand lane. While a similar measure was previously vetoed by then-Governor Jeb Bush, the latest bill passed, and promises a $60 ticket for motorists driving 10 miles per hour slower than the speed limit in Florida highways’ left lanes.

Accident victims require legal counsel that can pinpoint the exact cause of the collision and determine whether slow driving played a role in the accident.

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