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The Ultra Dangerous Oglethorpe HWY
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We pretty much all seem to be "hung up" on politics mostly so I thought I'd take this opportunity to consider something different.

I've lived here my entire life and I grew up alongside US Hwy 82 which is now US Hwy 84.

I don't recall just when it was made a five lane, four lanes with a suicide fifth lane, in the middle for turning. That design has cost many folks their life due to the dangers of using that treacherous middle lane.

But the greatest danger is those poor folks who drive in the fast lane after passing vehicles in the right lane.

So many times I see people in the "passing lane" maintaining a constant speed and causing faster cars to have to pass the ones on the right side. I suspect that this causes more wrecks than anything else.

When we first had 4 lanes there were occasional big yellow roadside signs which said KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS.

I've been told that law is still in effect.

I think we should request that GDOT put those signs up again and that traffic enforcement officers begin writing tickets for holding up traffic.

Fellow bloggers please consider this and lets all talk about it.


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gacpl commented on Monday, Apr 09, 2018 at 16:52 PM

There is a slow driver law in Georgia. But the sorry hinesville pd won't enforce it. And far as the middle lane it would help if people used it right. It is not a turning lane. It's a breaking lane. And that is what is it called in the drivers book. It's so you pull out of traffic, then hit your brake. Which will keep the left lane moving steady.

OriginalJimmySmith commented on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 at 15:48 PM

Many people think that you can accelerate in the center lane as you are entering traffic.

I don't know but I think this is not correct.

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 at 23:46 PM

No you can not. It's also not a landing lane to get on to the road. Most cops won't stop you for using it for that. But if there's a crash you will be blamed for it.

Cu29 commented on Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 at 19:23 PM

To the best of my knowledge there is no law that says vehicles in the left (fast) lane must move over to the right lane as long as they are traveling at the maximum speed limit. The real problem is drivers who want to exceed the speed limit and get irritated when they can't go as fast as they want. The public is already under the impression that they must move over to the outside (slow) lane which, at times, makes it almost impossible to safely enter the roadway from a side street. Also, you'll notice that the outside lanes are deteriorating more quickly than the inside lanes.
BTW- it's nice to see a comment on something besides national politics, which are mostly links to commentary and articles by others. More local/state issues!!!

LCarol commented on Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 at 22:59 PM

AMEN Cu29. Well said.

gacpl commented on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 at 08:39 AM

Although Georgia’s “slow poke” law has been in effect since July 1, 2014, many people are still unaware of the law and its impact. States across the country have begun cracking down on drivers that impede the flow of traffic by lingering in the left lane. As part of this effort to combat traffic congestion and road rage incidents, the Georgia legislature amended O.C.G.A. § 40-6-184 to criminalize the act of driving in the left lane regardless if the driver is driving the speed limit. Specifically, it is illegal to “impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.” Thus, a driver who is driving the speed limit in the left lane with drivers behind them can be ticketed for failure to move over one lane to the right. In areas with more than 2 lanes of traffic, the law only applies to the “most left-hand lane other than a high occupancy vehicle lane” so drivers are not required to move all the way over to the far right.

Most jurisdictions began implementing the law through the issuance of warnings, but officers are not required to give you a warning because ignorance of the law is not a legal defense. Remember to only use the far left-hand lane when passing slower vehicles and always yield to faster traffic by merging back over to the right. If ticketed with a violation of the “slow poke” law, it’s important to remember that while officers have a wide range of discretion in determining whether a driver is impeding traffic, there are also many other factors such as weather conditions, time of day, and the general flow of traffic in the area that can affect your case.

icyman61 commented on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 at 09:09 AM

Many people are oblivious to laws, especially politicians, and police officers who refuse to follow the same laws they enforce on us peons.

I would like to see everyone follow the laws of Men and God, the world would be a better place with no selective enforcement.

OriginalJimmySmith commented on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 at 14:18 PM

gacpl
Thank you for the clarification and according to your comment above, the law is exactly what I thought it was.

If there wasen't such a law, common sense should dictate that one should move to the right if faster traffic is overtaking them.

Cu29 welcome to our group please continue.

Cu29 commented on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 at 20:34 PM

gacpl is correct as far as he/she went in quoting from 40-6-184 but a full reading of the code section will show that this code section is full of contradictions. Section (a) states that "No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation." (Notice that there is no specification of whether the road is two or more lanes)
Section (b) states that "authorities" may, "... on the basis of engineering and traffic investigation" ... "determine and declare a minimum speed limit below which no person shall drive a motor vehicle except when necessary for safe operation, and such limit shall be effective when posted upon fixed or variable signs." (I am not aware of such signs being posted about so called "passing lanes".)
Section (c) does appear to mandate a blanket rule that no one can operate in the "passing" lane when they are being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher speed. Taken by itself, section (c) appears to make it illegal to drive at the maximum "normal and reasonable" speed - if someone who is exceeding the maximum "normal and reasonable" speed wants to go by (meaning that the state is in effect condoning the violation of its own laws pertaining to speeding). A contradiction to say the least. With all due respect to those who would chastise police officers for not ticketing otherwise law abiding drivers, I don't blame them for not doing so when to do otherwise means they are condoning obvious violators who are speeding.
This law was and remains poorly written and should be challenged and/or re-written. I suspect it will when someone who has enough money and time gets charged with violating it. Until then I suppose we will have to rely on the good common sense of officers and judges.

gacpl commented on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 at 23:12 PM

this is the actual code copy and pasted.
notice section (c)

(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation.

(b) Whenever the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner of transportation or local authorities determine on the basis of any engineering and traffic investigation that slow speeds on any part of a road under their respective jurisdictions impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, such commissioners jointly, or such local authorities, may determine and declare a minimum speed limit below which no person shall drive a vehicle except when necessary for safe operation, and such limit shall be effective when posted upon fixed or variable signs.

(c) Upon roads, streets, or highways with two or more lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, no person shall continue to operate a motor vehicle in the passing lane once such person knows or should reasonably know that he or she is being overtaken in such lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.  For purposes of this Code section, “passing lane” means the most left-hand lane other than a high occupancy vehicle lane.

(d) Subsection (c) of this Code section shall not apply:

(1) When traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

(2) When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

(3) When compliance with a law of this state or with an official traffic control device makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

(4) When a vehicle must be driven in the passing lane to exit or turn left;

(5) On toll highways, when necessary to pay a toll or use a pass;

(6) To authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties;  or

(7) To vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.


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