|Published:||Apr 13, 2011 11:34 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 13, 2011 8:28 PM EDT|
FLORIDA- You've heard of drivers getting speeding tickets, may have gotten one yourself. Now a bill is in the legislature that could allow law enforcement to ticket those driving under or even at the speed limit.
Reporter Sarah Pusateri says, "Tell me more about your accident."
The person in front of me was driving too slow and then they stopped automatically on the brakes and I ended up running into them."
If it were up to Sheila Davenport the Highway Safety Act would have become law a long time ago.
"It's risking other people's lives."
She's talking about drivers going at or under the speed limit, in the passing lane, who are blocking traffic.
She's not alone.
A Fort Myers Beach resident says, "Miles and miles and MILES I've been behind people going 65 miles an hour..or whatever!"
Something law enforcement says can cause aggressive driving.
Lt. Jim Mulligan with the Fort Myers Police Department says, "They are in the left lane, they'll shoot to the center lane than to the right lane they'll go all the way past that one car to the center lane, the idea of the bill is probably also to prevent tailgating."
Reporter Sarah Pusateri says, "Road rage and crashes, supporters of the bill say it's a way to reduce these things, others say it's just a way for the state government to raise more money."
Another resident adds, "I think anytime you're ticketing the public for nuisances, you're making revenue for the state."
He also says law enforcement has enough on their plates and that people shouldn't be punished for driving carefully.
"It's like the kamikaze highway, everybody's in a hurry."
Everyone apparently except the house or representatives who have not yet voted on the bill.
In 2005 a similar bill passed through the legislature but was vetoed by then Governor Jeb Bush.
Governor Rick Scott's office told me earlier, they have no comment.
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