The update to the law on impeding traffic went into effect in July, 2014. It says anyone can get a ticket for driving in the fast lane, even if you thought you were obeying the law and driving the speed limit. It also makes you get out of the way of the law-breakers.
In just over nine months, the Georgia State Patrol has written 269 “Slow Poke Law” violations, mostly in the metro area.
It is designed to cut down on dangerous, aggressive driving and road rage incidents. The change to the law says a driver has to move out of the far left lane if approached from behind by a vehicle going faster than you. You should move to the right and allow them to pass, even if that driver is speeding.
“Typically where you’ll see it is your two-lane interstates or three-lane just outside of metro area, or 285,” said GSP Capt. Mark Perry.
Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach checked with Gwinnett County and found they’ve written over 100 “Slow Poke” tickets and Cobb County has written 200 since the change to the law.