Senate File 389 hit just one minor speed bump on its way to recommendation in a Monday subcommittee. All three senators signed the bill through to committee.
The bill addresses traffic moving in the left lane.
Current law requires a vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic to be driven in the right-hand lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle. This bill would prohibit a person operating a motor vehicle in the left-most lane of a roadway who knows or reasonably should know that another vehicle is overtaking the person’s vehicle from the rear from continuing to operate the vehicle in the left-most lane and requires the person to make a lane change.
The bill exempts persons under certain circumstances, which can be found in the explanation of the bill itself.
Chandlor Collins of the Department of Public Safety said the only comment he had to relay to the subcommittee was adding traffic congestion to the exceptions as traffic conditions may be vague.
Democrat Sen. Kevin Kinney said there’s also concern with metro areas that have left-lane exists.
“Where I see this as being a problem is in Cedar Rapids on 380 because the semis cannot get over,” he said.
Both Republican Senators Waylon Brown and Carrie Koelker said the discussion should move forward and supported it along with Sen. Kinney.
You can see what other states have in place regarding left-lane driving here.