Patrol Car Pulling Over Slow Left Lane Driver In Michigan Goes Viral

Sometimes, it’s so satisfying seeing other motorists getting pulled over for behaving in ways that most of us would find annoying, if not outright dangerous.

Let’s face it, nobody wants to get stuck behind somebody who’s driving way under the speed limit on the fast lane. Oftentimes, these people seem to be almost clueless with regards to how their driving is affecting others behind them – and this one is a recipe for road rage or even an accident.

States such as Indiana have definitely gotten the message and in 2015 have passed a law giving officers the authority to give slow left lane drivers tickets for obstructing traffic.

According to ABC affiliate RTV6, such a fine can cost offenders up to $500, which is a pretty hefty sum.

This incident however took place in Michigan, where a Kent County Sheriff vehicle can be seen driving behind the “slowpoke” for quite some time before lighting up its lights. To our (and, we presume, the officers’) disbelief, the driver then went on to simply slow down even more without actually changing lanes and pulling over!

Unfortunately, the dashcam vehicle had to move on from the scene, so we didn’t get to see how it all ended. However, the simple fact that a traffic-impeding vehicle got pulled over is a win in our book. And yes, this kind of behavior is also illegal in the state of Michigan, so a fine was definitely in order.

So, you wanna go slow? No problem; just make sure you stay in the right lane and don’t impede the progress of others. It’s not quantum physics for crying out loud!

  • krusshall

    To be fair, there is a left exit coming up according to the video.

    • Six_Tymes

      LOL. if you drive far enough there will almost always be a left exit. No doubt you are one of the left lane regulators

      • krusshall

        Not sure what my driving has to do with watching a video and seeing a left exit sign. If I had to make a left exit then yes I would be in the left lane and if a state trooper came up behind me then I sure would slow to a mile or two above the speed limit. I probably would have moved over to let the trooper by but some drivers get very antsy when a trooper pulls up behind them and then they don’t know what to do as evidenced by this driver slowing way down.

        • Axiom Ethos

          You always move over to the right and you surely don’t just stop in the middle of the road if you feel like you need to wait for a safe moment to move over. It’s pretty damn simple.

    • Mr. Crankypants

      Drivers who slow in the driving lanes for an upcoming exit should be cited and fined. Exit ramps are for slowing.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      that wasn’t an exit

      • krusshall

        Exit 84A for Wealthy Street doesn’t exist?

  • дапвт

    And he actually stopped in the left lane. That is beyond stupid.

  • khc

    “…nobody wants to get stuck behind somebody who’s driving way under the speed limit on the fast lane.”

    I’m tired of the implication that it’s OK to drive – at – the posted speed limit in the far-left lane. Driving at the posted limit in this lane when there are openings to the right also impedes traffic, making drivers who choose to exceed the limit – probably 80% of us in most places – pass on the right, which is truly unsafe.

    • ace_9

      Exactly. It is not about the speed limit. I would take away the driving license from anyone who mentions the speed limit in these cases. Because going below speed limit does not give ANY right to block cars moving faster.

      • Stephen G

        No none emergency or law enforcement vehicle has the right to go faster than the speed limit.

        • ace_9

          Are you serious? You seem to be slow not only on the road… I’m not saying that anyone has the right going above the speed limit, but if he chooses to do so, it is NOT up to you to decide whether he should be slowed down by blocking him! You and everyone else going slower should move to the right lane as soon as it is safely possible and let the speeder go. Why you don’t want to understand such a simple rule?

          • Stephen G

            Why do you think it’s OK to break the law in reference to the speed limit but not OK to break the law about not passing in the left lane? I say if someone wants to drive the speed limit in the left lane it’s OK if he so chooses, it’s not up to you to decide. Why don’t you understand such a simple rule?

          • ace_9

            Omg… once again… I never said breaking the speed limit is ok. And what I wrote regarding the other thing is the LAW. It is not just my opinion (unlike your typical ignorant opinion). You know why it is a law? Because in some rare cases even normal people might actually need to go above the speed limit. It might be even the question of life and death. And because people making laws knew that there would be ignorants like you blocking everyone regardless of the situation they made the law stating simply that you have to let others pass you if it is safe for you to let them.

          • DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH SAINT STEPHEN HE HAS AN ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING.

        • Alfa Giulia QV

          Are you for real? That’s just a dumb thing to say. Emergency vehicles aren’t allowed to go over the speed limit if people lives are on the line or if there is a fire where time is of the essence?

          • Stephen G

            Do some research before you comment.

          • Alfa Giulia QV

            Didn’t answer my question though, did you?

          • Stephen G

            The answer was implied. I will try to dumb it down for you in the future. So the answer is “yeah they are.”

          • Alfa Giulia QV

            Well, thank goodness you’re not working in emergency services because you’d be out of a job with your incredibly slow response. Go back to cruising the left lane and slowing it down for everybody but don’t complain if you get pulled over and given a ticket.

            You’re right about one thing though; the world is full of self-entitled douche bags. It’s also infested with uneducated ignoramuses such as yourself.

          • Stephen G

            Good luck to you.

          • ace_9

            You’re of course right, but I suspect that Stephen knows about this. What he (and many people) doesn’t know is that even normal vehicles can go over the speed limit in case of an emergency. It is not allowed by law, but others should let them go and that is actually stated by law. Basically, even if there is no emergency. Letting others pass you if they are moving faster is the decent and reasonable thing to do. Blocking them just makes trouble and people doing it are just a..h…s playing traffic police…

          • Stephen G

            Endorsing people drive above the posted speed limit is reckless and inviting catastrophe.

          • Papa Van Twee

            So, basically, your law breaking is more important than others? I hate it when someone is going slow in the left lane in comparison to the rest of traffic, but that’s their law to break, while speeding is mine (although most of the time these guys are speeding, too, so they are doubly wrong, right?)

    • Stephen G

      I’m tired of the implication that it’s OK to drive – above- the posted speed limit in any lane.

  • TrevP

    This is so satisfying.

  • Jay

    To be fair I didn’t even see a speed limit sign. Also where I live the limit is 55-65. This driver shouldn’t be in the passing lane not arguing with that but they are in no way a slow poke.

    • Status

      At 16 seconds, you can see a speed limt of 70mph for cars, and 65mph for trucks.

      • Jay

        I missed it.

    • ace_9

      So what? If the limit is 25 and everybody is passing these zombies at 100, they should notice and move to a slow lane! It is not about the speed limit.

      • Stephen G

        It is about the speed limit.

        • ace_9

          Yes, keep telling yourself that when you will be blocking everyone else behind you. It’s what you all are thinking. You are the judge on the roads keeping us all from violating the speed limit, right? Because the speed limit is apparently the only thing that you remembered from driving school…

          • Stephen G

            Apparently you remembered nothing from driving school.

          • ace_9

            That’s all you can say? So far you did not give ANY argument in all of your comments. You just write s..t. Please enlighten us how letting faster cars pass by moving to the right lane, involves the speed limit.

          • Stephen G

            If you are going the speed limit then everybody is either going slower or the same speed as you.

          • ace_9

            Every car has differently calibrated speed indicators, some drivers use GPS speed, some drivers are in an emergency, some are in a hurry. Some are going quite slowly. I still cannot comprehend how you don’t understand the simple rule about slower cars letting faster cars overtake from the left side… It is not about the absolute speed or speed limit.

          • Krisnadi Imam

            i think thats why they allow for roughly 10% up and down below the limit as tolerance.

      • Jason Miller

        Breaking the law by riding in the left lane at the speed limit, or breaking the law by speeding? Who is more in the wrong? Terrible argument sir.

        • ace_9

          Please tell me where I stated that there are only the two choices that you mentioned in your wisdom and that the second one is the one I agree with. All I’m saying is that everyone should let the vehicles behind pass if there is enough space in the right lane. And it is not just my opinion. It is the law, which is not stressed enough. Going above the speed limit is just a special situation when this law might be applied. Nobody should play the judge by blocking the speeders. That is not how it works. Speeders should get a ticket, blockers should get a ticket.

          • krusshall

            You have quite the mind reading capability if you think someone in the passing lane who doesn’t get back over is there just to “block” people.

          • ace_9

            Well, it is what the person is doing. Nobody cares about their true intentions or whatever. But there is no point in explaining to you. Keep driving in the left lane.

          • krusshall

            True mind reader here. Maybe if you weren’t tailgating and allowed the person to complete their pass then you wouldn’t think they’re blocking you.

          • ace_9

            I have HUGE experience with this and trust me I would never expect someone to move out to the right lane if they won’t have plenty of time or space to do so. Such people are usually just ignoring the rearview mirrors and they don’t react to flashing lights and tailgating them is not what I do, because I know they are stupid and they can brake hard just to “teach me a lesson” and I don’t want to damage my car.

      • krusshall

        It’s a passing lane that everybody has the right to use. If somebody needs to pass a slower car then they are within their right to use the lane regardless of whether other drivers wanting to use the lane are exceeding their speed.

        • ace_9

          Don’t be ridiculous by dragging here something I never implied… It’s pathetic. I don’t have any problem with anyone using the passing lane. I have a problem with people staying there for no reason, especially when there are faster cars behind them. And I hate that people are ignoring the law for letting faster cars pass them. And I especially hate people thinking they are educating us all by blocking the overtaking lane, because they are going exactly at stated speed limit, so NOBODY except emergency vehicles can pass them.

          • krusshall

            You sound like someone easily provoked into road rage.

          • shamrock

            The passing lane is for people who are passing. Not coasting. Coasting in the passing lane is illegal. Use the passing lane to pass, be a good citizen. Don’t be an asshole and stay there. It’s not cool. Did I mention it’s illegal?

          • krusshall

            Didn’t say otherwise so not sure why the civics lesson.

          • shamrock

            Seems like you needed it.

          • Krisnadi Imam

            i think thats the norm that the world agrees on, not to coast on the passing lane. Its the same here in asia too where we drive on the right side of the road, the right most part is only for passing, get back to your lane when u are done. However most ppl while understand the norm is not willing to honor it just because they dont like to drive behind another person and / or doesnt like to be passed.

    • TheBelltower

      Even though it’s become the common term for the left lane, there is no such thing as a “fast lane.” The left lane is for passing. Of there are no cars to your right, you should move out of the passing lane, regardless of how fast you are going.

      • Stephen G

        Of course staying within the speed limit and not if your taking a left hand exit or if someone is changing a flat on the shoulder.

        • shamrock

          You must be real fun at parties.

      • Jay

        I know that’s why I typed passing lane…

  • It just show what a dangerous, incompetent and utterly stupid driver this person is. They stopped in the left lane!!!

    • salamOOn

      exactly what i thought…. omg move to the right shoulder….

  • robotlogic

    I detest people that drive like self-entitled douchebags.

    • ace_9

      They are usually just very stupid. They truly don’t know what they are doing. That’s why I would take away their driving license without an explanation. Let them think about something for once…

      • krusshall

        Do you use your turn signal? If not, I’d take your license away.

    • Stephen G

      Unfortunately most of the world is inhabited by self-entitled douche bags. Some of them are leaders of countries.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Just as bad are drivers who do NOT accelerate on entrance ramps to merge at highway speed.

  • Hans_Remore

    You’re cruising 75mph and then you realize everyone is driving slower than you. You find out CA highway patrol is up front with everyone driving right behind him. lol

  • Stephen G

    How do we know it isn’t a stolen car, involved in a recent drive by shooting or the driver has an outstanding warrant?

  • Matthew Boyd

    Yes!

  • Andrew Ngo

    You must be driving a car with CVT.

  • This is funny, I thought I was the only one who drove as defensively as you. Keep on drivin’…

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