PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state lawmaker wants to outlaw what he calls "lallygagging" in the left-hand lane.

The Providence Journal ( ) reports that Rep. Dennis Canario introduced legislation that would restrict the extreme left-hand lane of a multilane highway for passing slower vehicles only.

Drivers in that lane who aren't passing another vehicle would be violating the law.

The Portsmouth Democrat, a retired police officer, says slow vehicles in the left-hand lane can lead frustrated drivers to pass on the right, or even in the breakdown lane, endangering officers making traffic stops.

The bill has received a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. No members of the public supported or opposed the bill.

He says similar laws exist in New York and Massachusetts.


Information from: The Providence Journal,