Maryland Woman Given a Traffic Ticket For Driving Too Slow
A Maryland woman was given a ticket for driving 63mph in a 65mph zone. It may seem odd, but she was driving in the left hand lane and never moved back into the right hand lane. According to NBC, the ticket left her shocked.
She was driving in the left lane of I-95 on Laurel last Friday when she was pulled over and cited for failing to move right. According to the citation, she had been driving 63 mph in a 65 mph zone.
The woman, who didn't want her name used, says she's never gotten a ticket before.
"[I was] really shocked," she told News4. "I thought, 'Oh my God, you've got to be kidding me'."
She said the area was experiencing heavy winds and she had slowed down to be safe. "Sometimes when it's dangerous, you have to do what you can to stay safe," she said.
Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said winds were gusting at around 40 mph that day.
"The reason [the ticket] is silly is because it's sending the wrong message," said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic. "And that is, 'We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you're penalized for that."
The driver has filed a complaint with Maryland State Police and plans to fight the ticket.
While police said they can't comment on this specific ticket, they said that driving too slowly can impede traffic, and that anyone who wants to fight a citation can do so in court.
I have no problem with the police pulling her over. One of my driver pet peeves is when you see people driving too slow in the far left lane. That lane is for passing. You see it all the time where the driver in the left lane holds up the flow of traffic. It can be a little dangerous.
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