Driving In The Left Lane: Ask The Trooper
Should drivers traveling in the left lane of a multilane highway pull over for faster traffic, even when they are doing the speed limit.
Louisiana State Police Troop I spokesperson Brooks David said that though the current law requires travel in the right lane and restricts use of the left lane for passing, common sense on the part of law enforcement should prevail when applying the law within city limits when traffic can be extremely congested.
"If everybody is in the right lane [of Johnston Street], then there's going to be a traffic jam from Lafayette to Abbeville," David said. "So we understand once you get south of Lafayette that traffic's going to start backing up and people are going to need to be in the left and right lane."
And as far as drivers, David said to move over to the right when you can, especially in those situations when the person behind you is speeding or driving aggressively.
Other topics discussed on Ask the Trooper:
- Can you stop before the white line when you notice an 18-weeler needing to make a turn onto your roadway?
- What is state police doing to deter people from walking or riding their bicycles on interstate highways?
- Can you turn right from the outer lane of a multilane road onto another multilane road?
To listen to the full segment with David, click on the 'Play' button below.