On the sinister side of the street

Francis W. Porretto channels his automotive fury into an excoriation of the Anti-Destination League, a term I first saw in Car and Driver twenty-odd years ago, which may or may not have been devised by one-time Termite Terrace denizen Charles M. Jones. It’s certainly an apt description of those individuals who make it their business to keep you from getting to your business.

One subgroup thereof:

There are the ones who drive at 35 mph in the left lane of a superhighway. Why? Because it’s their God-given right as retirees, or Cadillac owners, or Democrats. Because the left lane is where all the better folk are to be found. Wouldn’t want to mix with the groundlings to the right; that’s for scum from inferior families and blighted neighborhoods. The left lane it must be, and never mind how many cars are squaring out from behind them or whizzing past on the right.

Most of our highways dare not aspire to super-ness, but at least that sort of thing is ticketable in Soonerland as of Sunday:

Upon a roadway which is divided into four or more lanes, a vehicle proceeding at less than the maximum posted speed, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, shall not impede the normal flow of traffic by driving in the left lane.

Upon a roadway which is divided into four or more lanes, a vehicle shall be driven in the right-hand lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway. Provided, however, this paragraph shall not prohibit driving in a lane other than the right-hand lane when traffic conditions or flow, or both, or road configuration, such as the potential of merging traffic, require the use of lanes other than the right-hand lane to maintain safe traffic conditions.

As I noted when this measure was enacted:

This has the potential to make my afternoon commute interesting, since it involves two exits from the left lane.

Still, unless someone has done something unusually stupid, traffic at that time of day on our 60-mph freeways is moving at somewhere around 60 mph, which tends to forestall the development of road rage.







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