Slow drivers in the left lane? Arizona lawmaker wants to send a (repeated) message (HB2535)

An Arizona lawmaker wants to remind slow drivers — frequently — that state law requires them to stick to the right lane.

Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, has introduced a bill that would require the Arizona Department of Transportation to place signs with the reprimand every 50 miles on rural state highways.

He wants the state to spend $200,000 on the effort and have the signs in place by 2022, installing then as they conduct other maintenance work along the roads.

Arizona has about 10,500 miles of rural state highways, counting each mile in both directions, according to ADOT.

“This is what both Oklahoma and Texas do to try to remind people not to impede the left lane,” Thorpe said. “It was a request from constituents up in my district asking for this.”