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Invoice geared toward driving within the left lane will get second probability

Delegates circled again for a second probability at a invoice discouraging drivers from tenting out within the left lane.

The Home of Delegates narrowly voted down a invoice two weeks in the past that will have made left-lane driving — with a number of exceptions — a main offense. Tuesday, delegates voted in favor of a invoice that will set up a secondary offense.

“That is now a secondary offense,” stated Delegate Steve Westfall, R-Jackson, who has sponsored related payments yr after yr. “There was some objection that it’s a main offense.”

Delegates on Feb. 15 voted down an identical Senate invoice, 46-48.

Immediately, they handed Home Invoice 5237 on a 68-31 vote.

The invoice contains a number of exceptions — like when the automobile within the left lane is passing one other automobile, when the right-hand lane is blocked or when the automobile is taking a left-turn exit.

“This may permit the Division of Highways to place up indicators to encourage folks to drive in the precise lane except they’re passing or there’s a motive to be within the left lane,” Westfall stated.

Delegate Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, stated he voted in opposition to the invoice earlier than and would achieve this once more. “Now we’ve acquired the identical invoice earlier than us, besides it’s a secondary offense relatively than a main offense,” he stated. “I’m nonetheless voting no.”

Delegate Margitta Mazzocchi, R-Logan, described a cultural inclination towards wanting to make use of the left lane for passing different automobiles at a fast clip.

“You realize that I come from Germany, and we drive quick over there,” Mazzochi stated. “The worst factor that occurs to me is when I’ve somebody within the left lane and I’ve to be careful as a result of I wish to go them on the precise — however he would possibly come over and hit me. So I need you to go this.”