By criminal defense attorney Thomas Soldan, who is barred and practices in the state of Virginia, with Price Benowitz LLP. Soldan has focused his practice on reckless driving, DUI/DWI, traffic, and personal injury litigation.
We are all aware that you can be cited for driving too fast, but many drivers do not realize that you can also be cited by police for driving too slow. Traveling well below the speed limit can be just as dangerous as speeding.
This can be particularly true when you are traveling on the highway. Drivers should be aware that anyone who is traveling in the left lane should be going the speed limit. If you are traveling below the speed limit, you need to be in the right lane of the highway.
And now in Virginia, lawmakers have passed a law that says if you are traveling too slow in the left lane, you can be fined.
Although it can be frustrating for drivers who get stuck behind a slow-moving left-lane driver, the law was passed because of the serious safety issues that occur when this happens. Many times, the faster-moving vehicle is forced to swerve into another lane when they suddenly come upon a slow-moving one. Another danger that can happen when the faster-moving vehicle comes upon the slow-moving one is they may be forced to quickly reduce speed, which can lead to a domino-effect, multi-car crash for any other vehicles traveling in the left lane.
For drivers who are slowly traveling in the left lane and get stopped by law enforcement, the fine is up to $250. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a primary law, meaning police can pull you over for the violation and also use the stop to check for other, secondary violations.
Attorney Thomas Soldan reminds drivers that any traffic violation you receive can eventually affect your driving record and that is why you should contact a Virginia traffic violation attorney. “Drivers who receive multiple citations can end up with added points to their license, resulting in increased insurance premiums. Depending on a person’s driving history, enough points can eventually lead to a suspension of their driver’s license.”