The Ohio State Highway Patrol has some concerns about that bill now being debated by the state legislature that would make it a traffic offense to travel in the left lane for any purpose other than passing another car.
Lt. Ann Ralston with the State Patrol headquarters in Columbus tells AkronNewsNow " We do have some concerns regarding enforcement of that, and being able to enforce that if it should become law. But we'll have to wait and see what the language is going to look like, what the definitions of the law would be."
She says motorists may have other logical reasons for traveling in the left lane. " Some issues that come up regarding enforcing a law like this is being able to determine if a vehicle is simply driving in the left lane, or if they're in the left lane for another purpose, like trying to pass another vehicle or maybe they have moved over to allow somebody to merge on the interstate, whatever the case may be."
Ralston says the OSP also has concerns about a provision of the same bill to raise the state's speed limit to 70 miles an hour.
" Our concern is that when you look at increasing speeds throughout the state and when crashes do happen that we're looking at increased damage to vehicles, and increased injury and the possibility of death to motorists," says Ralston.
Ralston says OSP will have input on the bill as its being debated.