Left lane law impacts travelers going through Oklahoma

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Travelers coming in to Oklahoma like Kevin Day were surprised to see the newly amended left lane law signs on I-35.

"I see that in Oklahoma, they take that really serious where you have to merge over to the right lane for the passing," Day said.

"I can't stand people who drive in the left lane and just block it, so it worked pretty well," traveler Bob Everson said, "Most people are following it."

The newly amended law that came into effect Nov. 1st made it illegal for vehicles to travel in the left lane unless they are passing another vehicle or allowing one to merge onto the highway.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officers say the law not only helps emergency vehicles respond to accidents quicker, but it also helps ease traffic conditions, and travelers agree.

"It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be," Cindy Everson said.

"It's still pretty heavy but the left lane law kind of helps," Harley Williams said, "People get over and makes you able to pass a lot better."

Troopers say it is up to the officer's discretion to ticket someone for impeding the left lane but if they are pulled over, they could face a $236.50 fine.

"I know for one thing, I will make sure I get over to the right lane when I am done passing over through the lanes, I will tell you that," Day said.

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