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Slowpoke law goes into effect on Minnesota roads August 1

Best start practicing moving over for vehicles moving faster in the left lane.

Just as the hands-free cellphone bill becomes law August 1, so does the "slowpoke" left lane law that will lead to traffic citations for people who refuse to move over for vehicles traveling faster. 

Sen. John Jasinski (R-Faribault) announced May 30 that the bill he co-authored was signed into law, meaning a traffic ticket could be handed out by law enforcement if a motorist is stopped for slowing up the left lane of traffic.

It's law in Minnesota for motorists to move over for faster vehicles, but fines aren't currently allowed in the law. That changes Aug. 1 when drivers could be slapped with a $125 fine. 

Speeding, however, is not allowed. The slowpoke law will only result in a ticket if motorists in the left lane traveling are slowed below the speed limit by a motorist who doesn't move over. 

Jasinski told WCCO that he frequently deals with left-lane slowpokes on his drive from Faribault to the Twin Cities.

He also told the Star Tribune that the law will be most impactful outside of the metro area, namely in areas from from Faribault and Albert Lea to Minneapolis, on the highways and interstates between St. Cloud and Minneapolis, and from near Forest Lake going to Duluth. 

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