We all know about sticking to the speed limit. You can easily get pulled over for going over the speed limit anywhere in the country, and this makes perfect sense. After all, these limits have been put in place in order to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike.
But have you ever thought about being ticketed for driving too slowly? Let us say that you are on the freeway with a speed limit of 60 mph. You find yourself driving at 45 mph. Is this something that you can be pulled over for legally?
The answer is not that simple. For one, it really depends on where you are – different states have different laws. For those in Seattle, I found useful information from Casey McNerthney:
Drivers cannot be ticketed specifically for driving too slowly unless there are minimum speed limit signs, he said. But drivers going too slowly can be cited for other violations – and the type of violation depends on speed in specific circumstances.
For example, if someone is driving 40 to 45 mph on the right lane of the freeway and not holding up traffic, he said they likely won’t be ticketed. But if a driver is going that slow on in the left passing lane, they can be cited for failing to stay right except to pass, which is a $124 ticket.
The bottom line? Know the law and stick to it as much as possible. Hope that helps in case you find yourself in such a situation in the future.