BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Itâ€™s an issue that has perhaps caused widespread road rage in Mississippi: Individuals driving slowly in the left lane as if they were in the right lane. House Bill 268 is currently amidst legislative proceedings, which would mandate that unless passing traffic or taking a left turn, individuals must remain in the right lane.
Rep. Mark Formby is the primary sponsor of the bill, which serves to amend Section 63-6-603 of the Mississippi Code of 1972. As of right now, HB 268 has simply been introduced, but it must pass in the House, Senate and ultimately receive a signature from Gov. Phil Bryant.
The subsection added in the amendment reads as follows: â€śOn roads, streets, or highways with two (2) or more lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, no person shall continue to operate a motor vehicle in the most left-hand lane, considering the time and place and the conditions then existing, unless that person is overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, is preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway or is in an emergency situation.â€ť
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said the concept is something undebatable for law enforcement and emergency response personnel.
â€śIt creates problems ... â€ś Scott said. â€śPeople will weave in and out of traffic. And for emergency vehicles, sometimes we have a hard time getting around them.â€ť
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