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'Slow poke' law takes effect for Georgia drivers

Georgia police have begun enforcement of the state’s new “slow poke” law that bars slower drivers from the left lanes of highways.

The law requires drivers in the left lane to move to the right when a faster car approaches from behind, report WSAV and WJCL. The law applies even when the left-lane driver is going the speed limit, according to prior coverage by USA Today.

Lane-lane offenders could face misdemeanor penalties of up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines, according to USA Today.

Exceptions allow slower drivers to stay in the left lane when traffic conditions or bad weather require it, the stories say. Other exceptions allow slow left lane driving when paying a toll, exiting or turning left, or following traffic control signals. Emergency vehicles and highway maintenance vehicles also get an exemption.

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