Understanding the Left Lane Law in Colorado
How many times have you been driving a little too fast and you see a cop ahead, then instantly you put your foot on the break to slow down?
Have you ever had the same reaction when seeing a cop down the road while you're in the far left lane and think, "snap, I've got to get in the right lane."
If that thought doesn't go through your mind like speeding would, then you might want to practice that reaction.
The Left Lane Law is a big deal. Here's how it's written:
"A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed limit is 65 MPH or more unless such person is passing other motor vehicles that are in a non-passing land or turning left, or unless the volume of traffic does not permit the motor vehicle to safely merge into a non-pressing lane."
The left lane was not built for drivers to just "hang out" and not get out of the way.
The Left Lane Law took effect July 1, 2004. From that point to December 2004 drivers received a warning and educate the public, but Colorado has had this law now for several years and you can receive a citation, fees, and points off your Colorado Driver's License.
Of course, this law does not apply if you're in a traffic jam and the left lane needs to be used in order to help the flow of traffic.
Knowledge is power! It can prevent not only other driver's being angry at you, but it can help your frustration of receiving a ticket.