Driving in the Left Lane in Florida
Many of us have been there; driving down JTB, in the left lane and the person ahead of you is driving slow and you have to pass on the right. I sometimes get annoyed and may comment in my own car that "the person doesn't belong in the big boy lane". Admittedly, I have caught myself before being that person. Interestingly, or not, many people don't know the actual law regarding driving in the left lane.
Florida Law on Driving in the Left Lane
The law in Florida states; On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed. So basically, the person described above, who may not belong in the "big boy" lane, should be issued a traffic citation. Not following the traffic law could also cause a car crash by creating unsafe traffic patterns.
The person can stay in the left lane if they are passing someone or are making a left-hand turn.
The law further states; upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
- When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
- When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; provided any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;
- Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or
- Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic.
Give Police Room on The Side of the Road
Florida law requires drivers to move over for stopped emergency and service vehicles. If you cannot safely move over, you must decrease your speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit. Drivers should be prepared to move over for vehicles stopped on the right and left shoulders of multi-lane highways.
As more and more people move to our wonderful Jacksonville, the roads will only get busier. Please be careful and drive safely.