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      GSP starts enforcing, educating about "slow poke" law

      Police are stopping drivers for speeding, as always, but more drivers are being stopped for not moving over for those speeders.

      / Cody Long


      Police are stopping drivers for speeding, as always, but more drivers are being stopped for not moving over for those speeders.

      It's a new Georgia law that's being called the "slow poke" law and it went into effect July 1, 2014.

      Georgia State Patrol officers are just giving out warning and trying to educate people on the law. This law applies on four lane highways.

      For example, if a driver is in the left lane and someone approaches them from behind at a faster speed, the slower car must move to the right lane. GSP says its officers have already stopped some violators in the past six weeks.

      "We've actually seen a fair amount of it and we've been stopping a lot here lately in South Georgia," GSP Trooper First Class Jack Stripling said. "Our primary thing is a lot of people haven't seen it. We're educating them and trying to help them better understand what it means.

      There are some situations where this law doesn't apply:

      (1) When traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to drive in the passing lane

      (2) When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passing lane

      (3) When compliance with a law of this state or with an official traffic control device makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane

      (4) When a vehicle must be driven in the passing lane to exit or turn left

      (5) On toll highways, when necessary to pay a toll or use a pass

      (6) To authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties, or

      (7) To vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations

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