Car Corner
Texas implements a "left lane for passing only" law

October 1, 1998
By Scott Lewis

Recently, Texas passed a law that states the left lane on interstate highways is for passing only. You may not think this is much, but I think it is a huge step in the right direction.

Previously, Texas law was "slower traffic keep right." Well that has not done much for the left lane bandits (LLBs). Apparently my good buddy, George Bush, has decided that he needs to make things clear for discourteous drivers.

The "slower traffic keep right" situation does not make it illegal to stay in the left lane as long as your are moving along at close to the speed limit. Actually, I have never heard of anyone getting a ticket for going slower than the speed limit, even though it should be considered obstruction of traffic. But what is a driver going at, or slight above, the speed limit supposed to do.

Up until now, the law has been on the side of the LLB in this situation. Now it is the reverse. The law is on the side of the individual trying to pass slower moving traffic. If you are in the left lane, and are not passing, you are in violation of the law.

It is reasons like this, that I voted for George Bush, and will be there to help re-elect him. (This is not an endorsement for George Bush, as this is not a political column. Just my humble opinion.)

I am looking forward to seeing how people will be reacting to the new signs on the road. I know I am going to Dallas in the March 1999 time frame. I have a brother-in-law that lives there, and Super Chevy magazine holds one of their Super Chevy Weekends in the Dallas area around that time. Kill two birds with one stone.

Also, I may have the need to travel to Houston or Dallas at other times, and will greatly appreciate it if people clear the left lane for those passing.

Just don't forget your radar detector!