Here in Massachusetts, there are times and places when we let you drive in the breakdown lane. That’d be the one on the far right. So that means that the craziest drivers, the ones who are in such a hurry that they will go wherever they believe the traffic to be moving fastest, will either be to your far left or your far right. If you’re driving like a normal human being, you’re trapped.
It’s a common enough site – someone gets on at the offramp and then you watch as, without directional, they immediately coast four lanes over to get to the left hand lane, where they stay for the remainder of their trip.
It’s at this point that you have to be reminded of George Carlin’s oft-quoted line about traffic: “You ever notice how anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anybody driving faster than you is a maniac?” Truer words were never spoken about the passing lane – it’s ok for *you* to ride up somebody’s bumper, because he should get out of your way. But when somebody does it to you, it’s time for self-enforcing the speed limit. No one shoul go faster than me! They might get there before I do!
Anyway, bit of a rant there. The article seems to be about states starting to ticket people for misuse of the passing lane, and I couldn’t be more for it. Pass somebody. Then, when you can get back over into a middle lane, do so. If somebody wants to pass you on the left, no matter how fast you are going, *let them*. It’s as simple as that.