House passes bill increasing penalties for slow drivers

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that toughens penalties for slow drivers who delay traffic passed the House Sunday by a vote of 34-3.

The bill would increase the fine for those who violate the law from $30 to at least $100.

In addition, the measure will increase the number of signs posted along some of the state's highways warning motorists of the existing regulation that probits a vehicle traveling below the posted speed limit from delaying five or more vehicles. The slower vehicle is required to pull over at the first opportunity.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dave Donley, R-Anchorage, is intended to make motorists more aware of the law and to ease congestion on highways, especially during the summer months.

The bill could come up for a reconsideration vote before going back to the Senate for concurrence on changes made in the House.

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