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Indiana State Police are cracking down on slow left-lane drivers

Posted at 6:50 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 12:55:22-05

INDIANAPOLIS — We've all experienced it before: you're trying to get to work in the morning, and someone is driving slow in the left lane, clogging up traffic.

"People start to get impatient. People start to get a little excited, causing bad driving," Brian Harris, who lives near Glendale, said. "Which causes crashes, people following too close, traffic stops, people run into the back of each other."

This creates a multitude of problems.

Indiana State Police Trooper, Aaron Pfaff, said this then causes aggressive driving which leads to road rage.

In 2015, a law took effect in Indiana, giving fast drivers the right-of-way in the left lane. This way, police can cite people who are driving to slow.

"Hanging out here in the left lane and there's no traffic to the right, you're technically not supposed to be in this lane," Trooper Pfaff said. "And if there is traffic to the right, you're to be passing."

RTV6 rode along with ISP on Thursday, and Trooper Pfaff pulled people over for this very issue. The RTV6 newsroom obtained records showing ISP handed out 87 tickets in 2017 for left lane violations, 132 in 2018 and gave over 1,000 warning last year.

"I think it's something I don't think people are taught," Trooper Pfaff said. "So, unfortunately, I think some people are going to learn a lesson by being pulled over."

So let this be your lesson that the best way to avoid getting a ticket - or causing other problems on the road - when there's an opportunity, move over.

RTV6 also asked the Indiana Department of Transportation how they try to alert drivers to this law. INDOT said they periodically use messages on their overhead boards to help raise awareness about the left lane. They rotate these messages with other safety and travel time information.