The Morning Brew: Fresh laws hit the books
It's Thursday, also know as National Deviled Egg Day.
Will the left lane law matter?
November is a big month for new rules. In Oklahoma, there will be more than 200 new laws hitting the books. Randy Ellis provided a nice rundown of everything here.
The new left lane law is getting the most attention. It's pretty simple: Don't hang around in the left lane. If you do you risk a $235 ticket.
On its first day I made sure to pay attention while driving around Oklahoma City's highways. Anecdotally it seemed like people were avoiding the left lane on I-44, but it might have been my imagination. Its unrealistic to think most drivers are aware of the new law at this stage.
Traffic related deaths are on the rise, jumping 7.2 percent in 2015 and 6 percent in 2016. Safety advocates see laws like these as a way to get that total down.
It's also worth noting speed limits have also increased over the last decade. Only 11 states cap speeds at 65 mph. More than 30 have higher speed limits. Several more, including Texas, have limits 80 mph or higher in some areas.
Chances are by now the first ticket has been written in Oklahoma, but if Indiana is any indication, there may be more bark than bite when it comes to these laws. According to a story on PBS.com, Indiana State Police stopped 2,613 motorists for slow poke left lane driving since it passed its own law in 2015. Of that total, only 165 were actually cited for the offense.
Here's a video by Vox which illustrates why left lane slow pokes can cause problems: