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.
August 14, 2014
The congestion-causing closure of a lane carrying Interstate 395 traffic south out of the city onto southbound Interstate 95 will come to an end late Friday or early Saturday morning, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Lanes on southbound I-95 will shift once more as well, starting tonight. The work is part of a two-year project to replace concrete decks and roadway joints on I-95. The right lane of the I-395 exit ramp onto I-95 will reopen sometimes between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. on Saturday, depending on weather, the MdTA said.
February 26, 2007
They are among the most reviled figures driving our roads: those who clog the left lanes of our highways and get in the way of red-blooded Americans who just want to get somewhere fast. A reminder of this species of driver comes from reader Carl I. Thistel of Baltimore, who suggested - "as someone who is disposed to at least maintain if not slightly exceed the posted speed limit" - that this column address the subject of "left lane huggers." "From my own observations [they] fall into two basic types: the BLUENOSES who believe they have been anointed with the mission to keep traffic at or below the posted speed limit, and the OBLIVIOUS who remain steadfastly focused on where they are going and at a speed they feel comfortable with," he continued.
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."