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Published: Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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wrz
Phoenix, AZ

@2 bits:
"@wrz, The law I'm talking about is a new law, passed in 2008, that if a faster vehicle is overtaking you... you have to get over and let them by."

If you (or others wishing to pass) can break the speeding law with impunity, I can break other traffic laws such as the one you cite with the same degree of impunity. Fair is fair wouldn't you think?

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

When did rude or aggressive driving become a political issue? When everything is viewed through the lens of politics, It's little wonder we are mired in gridlock.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

I'd love to see how people who park in the passing lanes would react to their treatment by fellow drivers if they tried that stunt in most European countries.

Not only would they suffer the flashing lights and horns of people riding their rear as they rightly indicate their displeasure at encountering someone in a passing lane while other people are forced to pass them on the right, they would also quite likely be ticketed by the police.

In most of Europe, unlike here in the states, impeding traffic by clogging passing lanes is considered a fairly serious infraction, for several reasons. And, driving licenses are highly prized and require a fair amount of formal training to obtain.

Which probably helps explain why drivers there are, generally speaking, much more proficient and aware of their surroundings and, consequently, far less likely to be found dawdling in a passing lane.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

The safest thing to do when transiting the freeways is to go with the traffic flow. Whether it is 10 MPH over or 10 under. Granted most people in Utah drive 5 to 10 MPH over the speed limit. It's the fatheads that drive in the "fast lane" that come up behind you, flash their lights at you, tail gate you, etc are causing the problem. My solution? Tap my break pedal and they generally back off.

stuff
Provo, UT

@wrz and @flashback: Those attitudes and behaviors are contributing to the problem. It's rude and discourteous. Stop it. Simply move over when it's safe and let them go by. It's no skin off your nose at all. I try to pay attention and move over for faster drivers. Please do the same for all others. You'll probably find that moving over makes your driving experience more calm and enjoyable, like I do.

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

What in the world is wrong with you?!

The law says pull over to the right! It doesn't matter if you "love" the left lane, or if you think because other people are breaking the speed limit you too should break the law.

If you think you should follow all the laws to a tee, then great do it. Follow the law that slower traffic should pull to the right. Follow that law. And then follow the law and do the speed limit.

The dangerous driver IS NOT the driver that is speeding, it is the driver that is not going with the flow of traffic. Guess what? That is you if you are in the left lane doing the speed limit.

Modern cars can more then handle the speeds of modern freeways quite easily and safely. 70 mph for traffic flow on a freeway is quite common if you are sitting in the passing lane doing exactly 65 (most likely a little less) YOU are the problem.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Its funny…. this really has nothing to do with the law because as WRZ correctly states, you are both breaking the law by either speeding or failing to move over… both are wrong.

But here is the other side. Only one is intentionally doing something overt to the other person. Yes, a speeder can pose a higher accident risk… but the one who fails to get over for others is blatantly telling all the other drivers that they are more important then the rest of the drivers. Rather than trying to get along… they are saying deal with me… I am not moving for you. It is an outward and intentional act of arrogance and self importance. You might as well drive down the road giving the international signal that you don't care…. if you know what I mean.

Intentionally creating traffic situations because you don't want to get over… its all about you…. much bigger problems than just breaking the law going on here.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

Breaking a traffic law is NOT A CRIME. It's a traffic violation. Big difference.

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