Troopers ticket left lane travelers

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Over a two-week period, Troop A State Police reports that troopers wrote 56 citations for motorists driving in the left lane.

The effort was undertaken to enforce a Louisiana law that went into effect late last year requiring drivers to move into the right lane on a multi-lane roadway unless they are passing or preparing to make a left turn.

Troopers were advised to use good judgment and discretion when enforcing this law. They cited motorists who were traveling in the left lane while the right lane was clear and they were not passing or preparing to turn left.  

Troop A continues to ask for feedback from the motoring public on the Web site for Operation Troop ‘A’ssist. 

Commander Captain Frank Ducote, reviews e-mails sent in by the public along with the shift supervisors at Troop A each month and identifies a problem area on which to place additional focus.  

Last month, supervisors decided to crack down on drivers riding in the left lane of travel. Louisiana law requires drivers to move into the right lane on a multi-lane roadway unless they are passing or preparing to make a left turn.

The law took effect this year after being passed by the Louisiana Legislature. Troopers spent the first two months after the bill became law raising awareness.

The e-mail address for Troop A is lspa@dps.la.gov. There is also a link for this e-mail on the Troop A Web page, which can be found at www.lsp.org.

In the event of an emergency, contact local law enforcement by dialing 911 or the nearest Troop by dialing *LSP ( * 577).