Monday, January 26, 2009

"Slowpoke" Bill Clears House, Heads to Senate

A bill that would crack down on slow drivers on Colorado's narrow mountain roads gained final House passage today.

HB 1042, which is sponsored by Rep. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, was approved on a 37-27 vote.

The measure would authorize law enforcement officers to ticket drivers who operate vehicles at a velocity well below the speed limit and thereby hold up a line of traffic on two-lane roads. It would not require drivers to pull off to let those vehicles pass unless there is a safe place to do so.

The bill now goes to the Senate.