Thank you, Iowa lawmakers. This is OVERDUE! Iowa lawmakers are addressing 'left-lane campers.'

Members of a Senate transportation subcommittee voted 3-0 Wednesday to advance legislation that would it a finable offense for slower-moving motorists who fail to leave the left lane of a four-lane highway (two lanes on each side) when an approaching vehicle traveling at a faster speed attempts to pass.

Exemptions would apply to road construction workers or emergency personnel in the course of their duties or other abnormal road stations such as when traffic conditions prevent a lane change, also when there is a legally established obstruction like a traffic-control device, and when exiting on the left side of the roadway.

Failure to comply would result in a $100 fine, according to the legislation.

If a violation resulted in serious injury, then the penalty would be a $500 fine and/or a 90-day driver’s license suspension, while a resulting death would carry a $1,000 fine and/or a 180-day license suspension for a violation.

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