"Slow Pokes" on Georgia roads won't be able to live life in the fast lane anymore if a piece of state legislation becomes law.
" If I have a slow car in front of me, I'm not going to stop," said Willie Cargill, a truck driver from Cleveland, Ohio, "I can't stop."
Cargill has been driving trucks for 40 years and has seen his fair share of slow drivers. He says it's dangerous when going around curves on mountain roads.
"It takes exactly three football fields to stop this truck if it's running at 55 miles per hour," said Cargill.
He and others we spoke with support the bill that makes a driver move out of the passing lane once they realize a faster car is coming up from behind.
"It's definitely a little bit aggravating," said Melanie Zihlmann.
She travels I-75 for work and passes slow drivers daily.
"Sometimes you get the hand gestures," said Zihlmann, talking about when she passes the slow drivers in the fast lane.
"You're trying to keep up with traffic and then you have somebody going 10, 15, 20 miles per hour under the speed limit," said Zihlmann.
The bill proposed by Rep. Bill Hitchens of Rincon, GA, would slap a maximum $1000 fine on the "Slow Pokes" that don't slide over.
"I would like them to be given a citation and a spank on the hand, " said Cargill, "if you're doing 40 miles per hour, stay in the right lane."
"I honestly don't think it's fair to impose a misdemeanor on somebody," said Zihlmann.
While she supports the legislation, she says the penalties are a bit too much.
"It's just kind of a live and learn aspect," Zhilmann continued.
She says people can learn from their mistakes, and even admits to being on the opposite side of the spectrum from time to time.
"I somewhat have a lead foot sometimes," said Zhilmann, "but I'm also a cautious driver."
"The Slow Poke Bill" overwhelmingly passed in the house 162-9. It will now head to the State Senate for review. If passed, the law would go into effect on July 1st.
Lawmakers in Georgia are turning their attention to slow drivers in the left lane - those drivers who are holding up traffic in the passing lane.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports
the state House passed legislation Wednesday that would ticket drivers who are riding too slowly in the left lane of highways and interstates.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor for drivers who don't get over to the right as a faster car approaches.
The bill's sponsor says it's known as the "Slow-poke Bill."
Depend on us to let you know if it becomes law.
By Drew Bollea