TRAFFIC ALERT: Continuous driving in the left lane now against the law

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Starting in September, if you’re caught driving in the left lane for more than a mile and a half without passing other cars, you’ll be breaking the law.

Alabama’s Department of Transportation said its plan to use all 30 of their digital messaging systems statewide to get the word out about the new anti-road rage law.

Right now, you’ve probably seen signs telling drivers to remain in the right lane displayed across the interstates.

“One of the things that we do with our messing boards that you see on the interstates is to communicate public service announcements that are important to drivers,” Allison Green said.

Green, the Drive Safe Alabama coordinator with ALDOT, said one of those important messages is about a new law looking to curb road rage.

“So to get ahead of that is to encourage people to start practicing safe driving habits like, driving on the right and only passing on the left,” she said.

The law states that a driver cannot go more than a mile and a half on the left lane of an interstate without passing other cars.

“The worst things about it is when somebody is passing another person, and you could go on and get past the second or third person ahead,” Hamel Martin said. “That’s not a place for road rage, but it probably will happen.”

Martin said the number one cause of road rage is people being in a hurry.

“You’re going to have to have an official to be there to check it, as far as it being ticketed maybe people will go around,” Martin said.

Before the law takes effect there will be a 60 day warning period before citations begin. The anti-road rage law goes into effect Sept. 1.

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