It’s a frustrating situation: you’re driving down the highway and come upon a slow-moving vehicle in front of you, so you wish to pass. But you can’t…someone is driving slowly or “hogging” the left lane, impeding your ability to pass the other vehicle. It happens every day, but it’s illegal. Since the passage of Colorado’s Left Lane Law in 2004, law enforcement officers have the ability to cite a driver for impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane.
The above excerpt of the Left Lane Law is from the Colorado State Patrol publication Colorado’s Left Lane Law: Understanding How the Left Lane Law Affects Your Driving, available online from our library. The full text of the law can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, which are also available online. Original legislation for the law can be found here. For more information on this and other Colorado traffic laws see the official Colorado Driver Handbook.
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