Indiana State Police offers warning to left lane interstate drivers

Indiana State Police troopers are cracking down on drivers driving too slow in the far left lane on the interstate.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2019 12:09 PM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2019 12:25 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Indiana State Police troopers are cracking down on drivers driving too slow in the far left lane on the interstate.

Nearly two years ago, a law was passed allowing the police to pull over drivers driving too slow in the far left lane. According to Sgt. Kim Riley, the far left lane is meant for passing slower traffic and semis, relieving congestion and back-ups along the interstate.

Riley said driving slower in the far left lane poses more problem and safety hazards than one would think. Slow left lane drivers can lead to accidents and traffic back-ups due to the lack of traffic decongestion.

“We're out there to try and let people know that this is a hazard and you need to get out of that left lane,” said Riley. “We actually also request people passing a semi and they see that they're getting a lot of traffic, speed up a little bit and get around the semi, making the traffic flow smoother and safer.”

Sgt. Riley says exit ramps along the interstate are hot spots for drivers not driving safe in the far left lane. 

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