Overtaking & passing vehicles on certain highways; prohibits travel in left-most lane of highway. (HB1934)

Introduced By

Del. Melanie Rapp (R-Yorktown)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Overtaking and passing vehicles on certain highways. Prohibits travel in the left-most lane of any limited access highway except to pass another vehicle traveling in the same direction. The bill also directs the Department of State Police to prepare and implement a public awareness initiative for the purpose of educating the public of the prohibition. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078415480
01/04/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1934)
01/18/2007Assigned Transportation sub: #3 (Carrico)
02/03/2007Committee substitute printed 073564480-H1
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 073564480-H1
02/05/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1934H1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1934H1)


Dan Thorne writes:

That's the way its supposed to be. Only daily drivers from urban locations fail to realize it. That was me until I started long distance travelling because of a new occupation.

Now I often say to others, the northeast have the best drivers (even though it is more congested) only because they have better highway rules. I love their STAY TO RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS and LEFT LANE FOR PASSING ONLY signs up on the NJ TNPK and the L.I.E.

People who fall asleep driving down the left lane aren't paying attention to begin with and you should be if you are cruising at 65-75 mph. Betcha that are too busy talking on the cell phone!

Drive to SURVIVE. Trust me, its a very good bill!!!

J. D'Errico writes:

On most American roads, there is a normal speed that *most* drivers observe (typically, the posted limit + 5-10 mph).

Let's be truthful: this is a bill for people who get frustrated by having to follow traffic at 65-75 mph.

If this bill passes, even more drivers would speed well beyond the norm, and the speed gaps would grow dangerously large between those who follow posted limits, those who speed normally, and those who speed excessively.

If we want to raise the speed limits on our limited access roads, then we should have the courage and energy to make it happen.

But if we want our roads to be even more dangerous for our parents and grand-parents to drive on -- if we want Virginia roads even *more* filled with drivers risking other people's health while acting out their own fantasies of self-importance -- then this bill is a short route to that bad end.

Claire Chantell writes:

If the speed limit is 65, why shouldn't it be 65 in both lanes? If you're obeying the speed limit, why would you need to pass someone else who is doing the speed limit? Is it really a good idea to pass a law that essentially says "oh, that other law about the speed limit? obeying that one is for losers! here's a new one to punish people who obey the speed limit!"

Larry Gross writes:

No. This law is for the dolts who set their cruise on 65 and then run in lockstep with the tractor trailer to their right... for miles rather than speed up and go around or drop back and let others go around.

This law is for people who do not care about other people and insist that they have the right to drive the way they want to no matter who it affects and their refuge is that it is "legal".

Yes, it's legal but it's not defensive driving and it's not collaborative driving ... you know where you try to let others go around even if you don't agree with them speeding... instead of purposely blocking them.