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Georgia Bill Would Make It Illegal To Drive Slowly In The Fast Lane

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The Peach State might be able to say goodbye to left-lane lurkers forever.

That's because a new bill in the Georgia legislature would make it illegal to drive slower than the speed limit in the fast lane when someone is behind you.

Under the proposed law, in such a circumstance you'd be required to move out of the fast lane -- or face a fine for a moving violation, state Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), one of the bill's sponsors, told The Huffington Post over the phone on Tuesday.

"This type of behavior causes accidents and road rage and that type of thing," Rep. Tanner said, emphasizing that the law is specifically for people traveling slower than the speed limit.

While there is already a law in Georgia against impeding traffic by driving in the left-hand lane, that law doesn't stipulate what the penalty would be for violators.

The new bill, HB 459, was introduced on Feb. 22, 2013, by state Rep. Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon), a former state rrooper, .

"I always say it's the manners your momma should have taught you; if someone pulls up behind you, you move to the right and let them by," Hitchens said, according to My Fox Atlanta.

In 2010 the Georgia House passed a similar bill by an overwhelming margin, but the bill died in the legislature before it could be signed by the Georgia's then-governor, Sonny Perdue.

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