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.
September 25, 2007
THE PROBLEM -- Missing "left turn only" sign at a Baltimore County intersection. THE BACKSTORY -- Watchdog received a complaint from a motorist who frequently takes Ingleside Avenue and turns left onto Security Boulevard. She is afraid the busy crossroad is an accident waiting to happen. "Turn left, going straight will get you killed," the motorist wrote in her attention-grabbing e-mail to Watchdog. That sounds like an overstatement, but the motorist might be right. Drivers heading west on Ingleside have two options when they reach Security: go straight or right from the right-hand lane or turn left from the left lane.
April 5, 2013
A trailer that became separated from the vehicle pulling it smashed into a jersey wall along Interstate 83 North near Northern Parkway about 10:25 a.m., closing the highway in both directions, according to Baltimore Police. The trailer came to rest partially overturned in the left lane of the highway, police said. As of about 1:30 p.m. all lanes reopened with one northbound shoulder closed. email@example.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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.