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Jesse Breedlove

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How best to educate the public as to the importance of the Slower Traffic Keep Right laws in respect to public safety?

Slower Traffic Keep Right is the law in most states. Failure to keep right has a negative effect on traffic safety, traffic congestion, emergency response, aggressive driving, air pollution, fuel consumption, direct and indirect medical costs and much more.

There are many traffic safety laws, Slower Traffic Keep Right may be the most important. Not only is it a law, but also a guide on how to maintain order on today’s busy roads and freeways. With an ever increasing amount of vehicles and usually between two and four lanes, this is the only way that motorists of differing speeds can share the road safely and orderly.

If all motorists obeyed the Slower Traffic Keep Right laws at all times there would be a reduction in traffic accidents, traffic fatalities and traffic congestion. Emergency response would also be improved resulting in even more lives being saved.

The main argument against enforcing this law is that it promotes speeding. The fact is that this is not a speed issue, but a safety issue. It is the responsibility of the police to enforce the speeding laws, not other motorists. Motorists that impede the free flow of traffic force faster motorists to pass on the right. Impeding the free flow of traffic is a very dangerous practice and a leading cause of aggressive driving and road rage.

Undisciplined motorists that impede the free flow of traffic through ignorance, inattention, or just being inconsiderate show a disregard for public safety and the normal practice of defensive driving. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Whether you drive fast, slow, or moderate, people that drive slowly in the passing lanes cause a hazard for all of us.

Slower Traffic Keep Right is a basic driving technique. How do we get politicians, law enforcement and the motoring public on the same page as to the importance of this law? There is a grass roots campaign that is addressing this issue, Google America Keep right.

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    Nov 8 2012: Mr. Winner, Thank you for your service to the community. I am sure that you have valuable insight into this problem that we are discussing. I say it's not about speed, you say it is. We can agree to disagree, but let's address the topic of this conversation.

    I am not advocating for people to drive faster or for motorists to yield to faster drivers for the sake of speed. I label motorists as slower, not slow. There is a difference.

    You are correct, if the speed limit signs said 55 and everyone drove 55, this problem and this conversation would not exist. However, if the signs said 55 and nobody exceeded the speed limit (thus eliminating your speed argument), there would be many motorists that would drive below the speed limit, still resulting in the issues that impeding the free flow of traffic cause.

    Unfortunately we do not live in an ideal world. If we did, nobody would exceed the speed limit, and all motorists would obey the Slower Traffic Keep Right laws at all times. Our roads and freeway would be significantly safer.

    Now let's look at how motorists really drive. Some drive at the speed limit, below the speed limit and over the speed limit. There are laws against speeding that are enforced, although ticketing all motorists that speed is virtually impossible. There are also laws against driving too slow on most freeways and highways. The law that we are discussing here is Slower Traffic Keep Right. It is on the books in most states, and some states actually promote and enforce this law, such as Colorado.

    Can you agree with me that we are not going to eliminate speeding? Again, I do not condone speeding. So taking this into account, do you think that if motorists obeyed the Slower Traffic Keep Right law under current conditions, would our roads and freeways be safer?

    As a young man I did get a few speeding tickets. But now that I am older I am a much safer driver. I usually drive with the flow of traffic, often in the right lane.

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