Commissioner Sosa urges for increased “Slow Traffic Keep Right” awareness signs
On November 15, 2016, County Commissioners adopted a resolution urging the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) to increase signage directing slower traffic to the right-hand lane. The legislation, sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, calls on both agencies to better inform motorists of Florida’s “Slow Traffic Keep Right” laws on their respective expressways.
The State of Florida, along with many states across the country, requires vehicles traveling below the normal speed of traffic on an expressway to use the right-hand lane. Although the law exists, slow traveling motorists may not be aware and cause undue traffic congestion by using the left lanes of a two or more lane highway. Commissioner Sosa’s resolution aims to raise awareness of “Slow Traffic Keep Right” laws to increase safety, lessen traffic congestion, and improve emergency response times on Miami-Dade County expressways.
“Signage and common sense methods can help us move in the right direction as we work on improving traffic flow in Miami-Dade County,” affirms Commissioner Sosa. “This County is a diverse community with varying driving habits. As an educator, I believe that through visual reminders in the form of increased signage we can help create the necessary awareness and remind motorists to use the right lane when driving slowly. I look forward to the implementation of this effort which will also help in preventing accidents and allow first responders to arrive on the scene more quickly and provide needed assistance.”
Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/150519.pdf