Measure at Minnesota Legislature would fine slower drivers in left lane (NMA Mention)

According to the National Motorists Association, a Wisconsin-based advocacy group, the practice of moving to the right lane to let faster traffic pass, which it calls “lane courtesy,” evolved with the development of the Interstate Highway System.

But when the 55 mph speed limit was adopted to save gas during the oil crisis in the 1970s, slower drivers “felt they could drive wherever they wanted,” the group said on its website.

“It’s a shame lane courtesy has to be mandated,” said Shelia Dunn, the association’s communications director. If motorists would simply move to the right lane, they’d get better gas mileage, arrive at their destination faster, and avoid road rage and crashes, she said.