As of 2024, some left-hand lanes on Florida roads may be illegal. A bill recently filed in the Florida Senate seeks to punish drivers who "consistently" drive in the left lane with no intention of overtaking. Writes about it WFLA.
The bill, filed January 24 by Republican Jenna Persons-Mulica, would prohibit vehicles from driving at all times "on the extreme left lane of certain roads," namely roads, streets, and highways with two or more lanes and a posted speed limit of at least 65 miles ( 104 km) per hour.
“A driver may not continuously drive a vehicle in the far left lane, except when overtaking and overtaking another vehicle, preparing to leave a road, street or highway,” the bill says.
The rule will not apply to ambulances, road maintenance crews, or during construction work.
Drivers stopped for a violation will receive a non-criminal traffic violation. If passed, the bill will enter into force on January 1, 2024.
However, Florida state law already requires drivers to drive in the right lane to "prevent obstruction of traffic," according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
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Drivers must not continue to drive a vehicle in the leftmost lane when being overtaken by a faster moving vehicle, unless the driver is preparing to make a left turn at an intersection.
Drivers who fail to move to the right lane may be charged with a non-criminal traffic violation.