August 2, 2014

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Ohio bill would make left lanes for passing only

COLUMBUS — A bill that would raise the speed limit on Ohio interstate highways also would make it a crime to drive in the left lane unless you’re passing or exiting.

Republican state Rep. Ron Maag said it’s dangerous when slower drivers stay in the left lane and other motorists try to pass them on the right. The bill sponsored by the lawmaker from Lebanon in southwest Ohio was scheduled to have its first hearing in the Ohio House today.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the State Highway Patrol wonders how troopers could enforce a law limiting the left lane to passing vehicles only.

Maag’s bill would boost the speed limit on Ohio’s interstates from 65 mph to 70 mph, the same as on the Ohio Turnpike.