Three years after the law took effect, Twitter found reason to rejoice. On June 16, Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles tweeted a photo of a van he had stopped for driving too slowly on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana.
IndyCar star Graham Rahal tweeted, “This guy is my hero. Fast lane cruisers are one of my biggest frustrations!” Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman tweeted, “Finally” (with the requisite thumbsup emoji).
We recognize that motorists who impede the free flow of traffic can be a safety hazard. But are they honestly more dangerous than those driving 15 mph above the speed limit, a speed so excessive it’s categorized as driving recklessly?
Then-Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, said his law gives slower drivers incentive to stop living life in the fast lane. But even one of the law’s supporters, Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, said it probably wouldn’t be enforced by state police, who are more likely to watch for speeders or intoxicated drivers.
Turns out, Tomes wasn’t too far off the mark.