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Bill Introduced to Ease Congestion and Reduce Road Rage

"As this happens, as people block the left lane, not only does it cause unnecessary traffic congestion, it causes people to to end up driving aggressively because they swerve into the right lane. They cut people off."
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Maryland lawmaker is sponsoring a bill in hopes of easing congestion and reducing road rage.

Many drivers know the frustration of a person driving slowly in the far left lane on a highway.

"It's just upsetting because I don't think people realize the rules of what that's supposed to be, what that lane is for. You pass somebody, and then you get over," Debra Ross said.

Delegate Patrick Hogan is sponsoring House Bill 247, the Road Rage Reduction Act of 2014, in hopes of reducing this problem.

"The idea behind the bill is really driver awareness to have SHA install signs along the highways for drivers who apparently don't know that this is what they're supposed to be doing. Some drivers do know. It seems like a lot don't know.," said Hogan, (R) -Frederick County.

According to the Motor Vehicle Administration, an average of 6,000 aggressive driving accidents happen in the state each year, and about 65 are fatal.

"As this happens, as people block the left lane, not only does it cause unnecessary traffic congestion, it causes people to to end up driving aggressively because they swerve into the right lane," Hogan said. "They cut people off."

The signs would tell slower drivers to move right. This is something Hogan believes could increase awareness.

"The idea is just to prevent road rage, prevent aggressive driving before it happens," Hogan said. "It sounds like a common-sense thing, and some drivers know that's what they're supposed to be doing, but I think some clearly don't realize that's part of what they're supposed to be doing when they're on highways."

Something the Maryland General Assembly will decide if the bill makes it through the State House.

Hogan says the bill got a favorable response when it was heard in committee, and he believes it has a good chance of passing this year. You can read it by clicking here.
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