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Proposed SC law would force slow drivers out of the fast lane

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I-85 in Greenville County. (Dec. 4, 2013/FOX Carolina) I-85 in Greenville County. (Dec. 4, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Speed up or change lanes, that's the message a prefiled bill hopes to send to drivers who cruise in the passing lane while driving below the speed limit.

House bill 4391 was filed by Anderson District 10 representative Josh Putnam on Tuesday. Putnam's bill would force drivers in the far left lane of a multilane highway to drive at least within five miles per hour of the posted speed limit or face a fine and two points on their license.

"We want to make sure we let traffic flow and minimize bottleneck and dangerous conditions," said Putnam.

Putnam said he came up with the idea from his own driving experiences and because its worked in other states.

"In other states across the South, they have used the law to relieve high-congestion situations," Putnam said.

According to the South Carolina Drivers Manual, driving too slowly can be as dangerous as driving too fast. The manual says slow drivers can cause others to become "impatient" and take "dangerous" chances to get around them.

Putnam said the far left lane is already designated as a passing lane, but his bill would give law enforcement a strong way to enforce that.

Putnam said the bill's next stop will be a house subcommittee.

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