The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:32 pm

Ober's amendment welcome

By Niki Kelly The Journal Gazette

An amendment filed by Rep. Dave Ober, R-Albion, stands to be the most popular bit of lawmaking of the year. 

He suggested language to a motor vehicle bill Monday that would make it more clear a driver in the left lane of a highway has to move over to the right lane when cars are waiting behind. And if you don't, police can ticket you.

The amendment was added to House Bill 1305 by the full House.

"It's a pet peeve," said Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville. "No one likes to be behind someone in the left hand lane who won't get out of the way."

The law would apply on roadways that have two or more lanes of traffic in each direction.

"A person who knows, or should reasonably know, that another vehicle is overtaking from the rear the vehicle that the person is operating may not continue to operate the vehicle in the left most lane," the language says.

There are several exceptions included if congestion, weather or other traffic conditions require a car to remain in the left most lane.

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