SC Lawmaker: Slowpokes, Keep Right
S.C. Rep. Joshua Putnam (R-Anderson) has filed legislation requiring slow drivers to stay out of the farthest left-hand lane on Palmetto State highways.
Putnum’s bill - H. 4390 - would make it against the law for anyone to drive less than five miles per hour below the posted speed in the farthest left-handed lane. Violators would be ticketed and fined – and would lose two of the twelve points on their licenses.
“The bill is designed for safety and to eliminate bottlenecks and congestion on our interstates and highway systems,” Putnam told the S.C. Radio Network.
“We don’t want cars to be passing folks on the right hand side of the road because that’s where your accidents come into play,” he added. “We don’t want to stop people from driving 5- and 10-miles-per-hour below the speed limits because some people are not comfortable with those speeds … we want them just to use the right hand lanes.”