March 13, 1995
Isn't it annoying when people in the left lane of the interstate of your choice drive only 50 mph?This trait especially bugs a White Marsh reader, a courier who drives a couple of hundred miles a day."I wish you would write a column, on the front page, daily, reminding people to stay out of the left lane if they're going 50," he said. Such motorists "have to be passed on the right, by the people who are doing your average speeds, and it creates a hazard."OK. Let's take this information down: Left lane . . . going 50 . . . pass on the right . . . hazard.
February 27, 2003
The House of Delegates reversed itself yesterday and approved a bill that would require drivers in the left lane to move aside for faster motorists to pass. Under the bill, drivers who fail to yield the left lane to faster-moving vehicles could be subject to a fine and a point on their driver's licenses. The penalty would apply even to those drivers who are traveling at the speed limit. The measure failed to win the required 71 votes Tuesday, but upon reconsideration yesterday the House voted 90 to 49 to approve the bill.
February 8, 1998
IF YOU DO MUCH DRIVING on our nation's highways, you've probably noticed that, more and more often, bullets are coming through your windshield.This is a common sign of Road Rage, which the opinion-makers in the news media have decided is a serious problem, currently ranking just behind global warming and several points ahead of Asia.How widespread is Road Rage?To answer that question, researchers for the National Institute of Traffic Safety recently did a study in which they drove on the interstate highway system in a specially equipped observation van. By the third day, they were deliberately running other motorists off the road.
November 25, 2013
The installation of steel beams across Interstate 83 for a new bridge in Baltimore County will close portions of the highway both tonight and tomorrow night, according to the State Highway Administration. The work is part of a $5.4 million project to replace the bridge carrying Middletown Road over the interstate in Parkton. Tonight, contractors will close the left lane of southbound I-83 at 7 p.m., and both lanes at 10 p.m. Traffic will be detoured onto Middletown Road then back onto I-83.
September 14, 2003
Thirteen people from the York, Pa. area, including 11 students from York Suburban High School, suffered minor injuries yesterday morning when a bus carrying 37 passengers overturned on Interstate 83 in northern Baltimore County, Maryland State Police said. The bus, which was returning from a sporting event at Goucher College in Towson, overturned on northbound I-83 between Mount Carmel and Middletown roads about 11 a.m., police said. The driver, Charles R. Spiker, 69, of Manchester, Pa., was moving into the left lane to pass a car when the bus sideswiped a second car, a Nissan Sentra, in the left lane, police said.
July 20, 1992
Today, Gentle Commuters, we address the subject of driver etiquette.In the dozens of responses the Intrepid Commuter has received so far, no other topic has aroused more passion. If the Baltimore metropolis were charm school, it appears a lot of us would be failing these days.Your complaints range from encounters with ill-mannered people with "Save the Bay" bumper stickers who toss trash out the windows of their cars to the drivers who see a traffic signal turn red but speed up to drive through it."