An Indiana State Trooper’s tweet went viral over the weekend as the internet showered him with gratitude for the action he took on I-65.
ISP Sergeant Stephen Wheeles wrote:
“I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane.
Again…if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass.”
Since Saturday, Sgt. Wheeles tweet has been liked by more than 61,000 people and shared by 20,000 users.
In addition to all of the likes, Wheeles taking action against the left lane lingerer has earned him some pretty lavish online praise.
Please nominate this man for a Nobel Prize. https://t.co/aeH7zslDV7
— Carl Gustav, Asst to the Regional Manager (@CaptYonah) June 17, 2018
I’m moving to Indiana! https://t.co/kH3dxKxnNN
— Jordan Bone (@JordanBone) June 17, 2018
Someone write his superiors so he can get himself a raise. https://t.co/E80gHBRvFA
— THE OFFICIAL DIRTY WHITE BOY™ (@Tee1andonlyJay) June 17, 2018
This guy is my hero. Fast lane cruisers are one of my biggest frustrations! 😂 @ISPVersailles nice work https://t.co/5ATh2dSlU6
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) June 17, 2018
Former NFL star Troy Aikman even chimed in to praise Wheeles.
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) June 18, 2018
Wheeles also reminded Twitter that he was acting in the name of safety when he put a stop to the left lane driver:
This is in no way encouraging people to speed. Those speeders are definitely in violation also. Vehicles all travel at different speeds. It was put in place to keep left lane drivers (or the family ten cars back) from getting run over by faster traffic while in the left lane.
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) June 17, 2018
He also pointed out that he’s not the only Indiana State Trooper who is enforcing the left lane law.
Since the current “Left Lane Law” went into effect in 2015, Indiana State Troopers have issued 4,688 warnings and 331 citations for violations of the law. https://t.co/pkfYcj9nxg
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) June 18, 2018