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Letter: Move over or beam up, Utahns
First Published May 02 2014 05:02 pm • Last Updated May 02 2014 05:02 pm

If I didn’t know better, I would swear that Idahoans driving in Utah and many Utah drivers believe the lane next to the HOV lane on the freeway is the slow lane. Apparently they have not read the signs in every state I’ve been in that say: "Keep Right Except to Pass" or "Slow Traffic Keep Right."

Some people obviously don’t know of the Utah law which states that when a car is approaching from the rear, the responsibility is for the slower driver to move to the right.

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I think this law was implemented to try to eliminate the clusters of cars held up by slower drivers, which often cause road rage. Quite frankly, while driving from downtown to South Jordan and back every day, I have never seen the Highway Patrol pick up anyone for what appeared to be this infraction.

Speaking of the HOV lane – many people seem to consider it the passing lane whether there are two or more in the vehicle and even if they cross two solid white lines. Then there are those pickup drivers towing trailers who apparently don’t see the highway sign stating that vehicles towing trailers are to stay out of the two left lanes.

Beam me up, Scotty.

Patsy Washburn

Salt Lake City




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