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New York bill aims to curb coasting in the left lane of highways

A New York state lawmaker is trying to curb coasting in the left lane of interstate highways.

State Sen. Joseph Griffo recently introduced a bill aiming to address that issue. The Rome-area Republican says his constituents have complained about vehicles coasting in the passing lane and not using the left lane to pass or overtake other cars.

Griffo says drivers who “impede the flow of traffic by using the left lane for right lane purposes pose a safety risk to other vehicles, disrupt the flow of traffic and can lead to accidents and incidents of road rage.”

Under the proposal, drivers found occupying the left lane for one-and-a-half miles would be subject to a violation. A police officer would have to be present and make a judgment call if someone is violating the law or not, similar to how speeding violations are handled.

The bill would establish a $50 fine for a first violation and a $100 fine for subsequent violations. Drivers found in violation would not be subject to points getting added to their license.

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