Driving Too Slow

We all know that speeding can be dangerous, but what about driving too slow?

 We all know that speeding can be dangerous, but what about driving too slow?

I couldn't figure out why traffic was going so slow on one road I was on today until I got closer to the driver who decided to go 30 in a 45 MPH zone.

I try to have patience in these situations because there could be legitimate reasons why someone could be going slow.    The biggest one I can think of is if a passenger is in need of or just had medical attention and can't go any faster.  I have certainly been in this situation myself and understand.  But in today's incident...the driver was alone.

Some people may drive slow because they feel uncomfortable going the speed limit.  But if that is the case, should those drivers really be driving?  Are they only creating more of a hazard because they're not going the posted speed limit?

I know people can be ticketed for driving too slow, but today's driver must not have been going slow enough.  There was a law enforcement officer right behind her in an unmarked car who kept slamming on his brakes so he didn't ram into her.  But when they got to the stop light where the one lane then became two, he simply got in the other lane.

I know law enforcement officers have enough to deal with and don't need to worry about drivers going too slow.  But just like people speeding, it does seem to create another hazard, and the reasons they're going slow...possibly under the influence, uncomfortable behind the wheel, oblivious to their surroundings...could create even more.

 

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  • by Dennis Location: Lillington, NC on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    NC Statute§ 20‑141. Speed restrictions, subsection (c) states - Except while towing another vehicle, or when an advisory safe‑speed sign indicates a slower speed, or as otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful to operate a passenger vehicle upon the interstate and primary highway system at less than the following speeds: (1)Forty miles per hour in a speed zone of 55 miles per hour. (2)Forty‑five miles per hour in a speed zone of 60 miles per hour or greater. I guess we have to suck it up and be patient.
  • by connie Location: vanceboro on Apr 14, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    WHAT I DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND IS WHY DO PEOPLE STAY IN THE LEFT LANE INSTEAD OF GETTING IN THE RIGHT LANE WHEN THERE ARE CARS BEHIND THEM THAT WANT TO GO FASTER THAN THEY ARE GOING. ALSO WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO DRIVE RIGHT BESIDE ANOTHER CAR INSTEAD OF PASSING THEM. IT APPEARS THAT THEY INTEND TO ANGER PEOPLE MORE WHEN THEY CHOOSE TO DO THIS.SLOWER TRAFFIC IS TO KEEP IN THE RIGHT LANE SO FASTER TRAFFIC CAN CONTINUE SAFELY.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Apr 12, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    I agree, I drive the posted limit because I can't afford a ticket, but if you can't at least do that you're license should be yanked. This falls right in line with Winterville legalizing golf carts. They can't go over 25 mph and can't travel on roads posted over 35 mph. This makes no sense to me what so ever.
  • by DuneBilly Location: Hatteras, NC on Apr 8, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    Re: Nathan With the new state inspection system now in force, any vehicle that cannot drive at highway speeds would most likely be removed from the road. I admit that the economy is forcing some to drive "don't drive what they want", but like so many others, a slow driver (for whatever reason) is equally as dangerous as a speeder - and should be ticketed or removed from the road.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Apr 4, 2010 at 12:10 AM
    Another possibility is that the vehicle simply can't go any faster. Or it can, but to do so would put unnecessary strain on the vehicle. In this economy, most people don't drive what they want, they drive what they can afford, and giving them a ticket and fine won't help that. The drivers that really get me are the ones who drive slowly to a fault, and then when you go to pass, they "wake up" and speed up, and ride your back bumper. But yet they couldn't go that speed to start with, only when passed. Or the people who pull out right in front of you and slow down. If they wanted a leisurely Sunday drive, why not just let that oncoming speeder go by?
  • by c on Apr 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM
    My dad has gotten a ticket for driving to slow...and believe me...i'll never let him live that one down...lol...
  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on Apr 1, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    It is a fact that people who do not go at least the speed limit cause more accidents than people who go 5-10 over. I agree that they should be given tickets and a fine!
  • by Endurance Swimmer on Mar 31, 2010 at 10:41 PM
    I drive on 33 east everyday, posted speed limit is 55, they drive 5-10 miles under!!
  • by Pet Peeve on Mar 31, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    People who drive under the speed limit in the left lane should be subject to fines.
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