DENVER — A
Boulder County lawmaker’s proposal to keep slower-moving motorists
from backing up traffic in the fast lane got preliminary House approval
in a Friday voice vote.
House Bill 1076, which Boulder Democratic Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder,
said was essentially “written by the Colorado State Patrol,” would
attempt to limit the far-left lanes of interstates and other high-speed
divided highways to vehicles using that left lane to pass other
Madden’s bill, which would only apply to stretches of highways where the speed
limit is at least 65 mph, would make it a Class A traffic infraction to drive
in the passing lane of a divided highway unless the motorist is passing other
vehicles or turning left.
Once drivers are finished passing slower-moving vehicles, they
would have to merge back into the center or right lane unless the
volume of traffic doesn’t permit that to be done safely.