Proposal Pushes to Restrict Left Lane Access

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A proposal to increase the speed limits on Ohio’s interstates and freeways also includes a controversial plan for the left-hand lane of the roadway.

According to a copy of the bill to amend sections 4511.21 and 4511.35 of Ohio’s Revised Code, obtained by Fox 8 News, use of the left-hand lane of Ohio’s interstates and freeways would be limited to vehicles either passing or exiting.

According to the amendment to section 4511.35, drivers would only have access to the left lane when exiting the freeway, overtaking and passing a slower vehicle, or allowing other vehicles to enter the right-hand lane of the right-hand roadway.

They would also be allowed in the left lane when traffic or road conditions exist that would make operation of their vehicle in the right-hand lane unsafe.

The bill is sponsored in the Ohio House by Republican state Rep. Ron Maag of Lebanon, Ohio.