Tailgating Accident

Georgia law enforcement officials have officially begun enforcing the new “Slow Poke” law. House Bill 459 amended Georgia’s law on driving in the left lane and went into effect on July 1.

According to the new law, drivers will be limited in how long they may drive in the left lane on a Georgia highway, interstate or expressway. The law aims to reduce traffic congestion and other problems that can lead to collisions on these roads.

The law requires drivers in the left lane of a Georgia highway or interstate to merge right when faster traffic approaches from behind. Some exceptions apply, including:

  • When traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to drive in the left lane
  • During inclement weather when it may be difficult to enter the right lane
  • When in compliance with a state law or traffic control device
  • If making a left turn or if a driver is exiting on the left
  • On toll highways when it is necessary to be in the left lane
  • For authorized emergency vehicles
  • For vehicles being used in highway maintenance or construction operations

Failing to comply with the new law may result in a ticket. Georgia State Patrol intends to be on the lookout for people not obeying the new law. Highways 319 and 19 are prone to drivers staying in the left lane although faster moving traffic is behind them. State officials intend to give out warnings for a short period of time until drivers become more aware of this new law.

One of the number one causes of collisions in Georgia is following too closely, which is a common occurrence when a motorist is driving too slow in the left lane and others want to pass.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for damages.

Call the car accident lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm to learn more about your legal rights at (866) 947-7449.