I might even start driving again if this keeps up:
State troopers are on a mission to make sure the left lane on area freeways is used for its intended purpose: passing.
“We’re doing 58, 59 miles an hour and they are just sitting there, traffic’s passing them on the right hand side,” Trooper Keith Leary said while pointing out a car in the left lane of Interstate 5. “That’s exactly what we don’t want to see happen.”
The driver, Brasta Bonifcho, said he was surprised what he was doing was illegal.
“I didn’t know that, I really didn’t know that,” he said. “I am guilty, no question about it.”
Leary reminded Bonifcho that drivers need to stay in the right lanes unless they’re passing another vehicle.
Like most people who move here from out of state, I was floored by how poor the driving was when I moved here. And it’s still common to see people here refer to the left lane as the “fast lane”, rather than the passing lane. Hopefully, this crackdown will help people understand the difference, as one cannot define the meaning of “fast” the way they can define the meaning of “passing.”