Trooper: Three-month grace period for new left-lane law

By Riley Morningstar
Courtesy The Journal

SENECA — A new law requiring penalizing slow drivers in the left lane of interstates in South Carolina went into effect Sunday.

Motorists will have to move out of the left lane unless they are passing someone or else be fined up to $25, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. The agency said drivers can use the far left-hand lane “on controlled access highways while they are passing or overtaking another vehicle.”

S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said last week only warnings will be issued for the first 90 days after the effective date on the civil violation. Digital signs have gone up along interstate roads throughout the Palmetto State.

“We’ll be enforcing that law like we do any other law,” Hovis said. “If we observe it, we will take appropriate

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