What’s your biggest pet peeve on the highway? Speeders? Maybe tailgaters? Whatever your answer may be, we’re sure a lot of you said left lane violators. You know, those drivers who use the far left lane for camping instead of passing.
Did you know it is state law to keep right except to pass, according to RCW 46.61.100? Not only is it against the law, but it is also one of the number one complaints we hear from citizens.
That’s why the Washington State Patrol is conducting a statewide focus of effort to crack down on those who camp in the left lane.
From Tuesday, June 20, 2017 through Thursday, June 22, 2017, troopers will be on the lookout for those traveling in the left lane for long periods of time without passing.
Last year, the WSP stopped more than 16,400 left lane violators. A citation can run someone $136. Not to mention, left lane camping can lead to road rage, aggressive driving, traffic congestion, and collisions.
Last year, we produced an Ask a Trooper article answering some of the most frequently asked questions about left lane camping. You can find some those answers here: https://wspinsideout.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/ask-a-trooper-left-lane-driving/