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West Virginia bill proposes fines for slow driving in the fast lane

A recently proposed bill in West Virginia aims to discourage drivers from excessively slow driving in the fast lane, imposing fines for those found obstructing the normal flow of traffic.

The details: West Virginia's Senate Bill 441 would hit motorists with up to $100 in fines for their first offense when they drive slowly enough to hinder typical traffic progression. Offenders repeating the action could face doubled penalties of up to $200.

  • Specific exemptions are included in the bill, allowing drivers to reduce speed when necessary for safety or to comply with laws.
  • The enforcement of this measure would extend across all four-lane highways within the state and be applicable by all law enforcement agencies.

Legislative process: This bill is currently under review by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It must gain the committee's approval, then pass in the full Senate and House of Delegates before becoming law.

While this bill is still in committee stages, it speaks to a broader focus on maintaining traffic flow and safety across West Virginia's highways.

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