This week, Chatham County Commissioner Dean Kicklighter announced the county will be placing signs along U.S. 80, telling truck drivers to stay in the right lane.
Kicklighter says he’s tired of slow, right-lane drivers and he’s directing the statement at truckers.
Kicklighter has petitioned the Department of Transportation to place the signs along the highway. He says if the county sees noticeable results, the signs will go up throughout the county.
“I travel (U.S. 80) every day,” Kicklighter told Savannah Now. “I’ll be able to see if there is any results.”
Georgia state law already prohibits trucks from driving for extended periods of time in the left lanes, but Port Wentworth Police Chief Matt Libby told the news channel that truck drivers don’t always follow the rule.
“We see a ton of it,” he said.
Veteran truck driver Lynwood Gamble told Savannah Now that he often travels in the right lane, unless he needs to pass a slower-moving vehicle.
“Gamble said he worries about getting pulled over when he is trying to pass someone — an experience he has had happen,” the channel reported.
Pooler Police Chief Mark Revenew said that his officers typically only target trucks that have been driving in the left lane for an extended amount of time or those trucks that are traveling side-by-side, blocking the flow of traffic.
“We recognize and appreciate their contribution to our economy, but they must understand that operating through any congested city requires them to recognize their sluggish performance and how it affects all traffic,” he said.
A total of 15 signs will be placed along the 12-mile stretch of U.S. 80 in Chatham County.