Left lane cruising ends if DeSantis signs new bill going to his desk

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A bill preventing drivers from cruising in the left lane on highways is headed to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk.

Passing unanimously in the Senate 37-to-0 on Thursday, the bill would apply to drivers on any Florida highway with at least two lanes in the same direction and speed limits of at least 65 mph.

Earlier in April, the House voted to pass the bill 113-to-3.

Keith Perry, a Republican Senate sponsor, noted the measurements are designed to improve highway safety.

“If someone in the left lane is going slower, and you pass them [on the right], you are creating an infraction, and you can get ticketed,” Perry said.

The bill will prevent drivers from simply cruising in the passing lane.

Instead, drivers using said lane would be passing others on the road, preparing to exit on-ramps, turning from left lanes or are directed to left lanes by law-enforcement officers or traffic-control devices.

High occupancy vehicle lanes also would be excluded from the term “furthermost left-hand lane.”

The bill states fines would cost as much as $158.

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