From 2013 to 2017, I collected data driving back and forth on the I-85, I-77, I-95, I-64, I-285, I-20, I-81, I-87 and I-78. In 2017 I wrote a program in Visual Basic that read through queried patents in the USPTO. Upon realizing that the technology I conceptualized was unique to every existing patent in the field, I put the pedal to the metal and filed the patent application in 2018. I kept collecting data and put about 75,000+ miles on the dash to date. In August 2019 I received the Notice of Allowance and decided to write an article highlighting the issue for which the patented technology offers a solution. If I spent more time searching the web rather than just reading patents and collecting data, I would have discovered that there are hundreds of articles on the web addressing the left lane laws.
In essence, "driving continuously in the left lane of a multi-lane roadway when it impedes the flow of other traffic" is a major problem. Studies go back as far as 2007 where slow pokes were identified as the primary catalyst of accidents on the roadways. In 2017 when I first started researching the Slow Poke law, only 29 States had passed the the law. Today there are 44 States on board whose aim is to keep dawdlers out of the left lane. The proof is in the pudding and you'll have your fill by simply reading the titles of the listed articles.
My aim here is simple. Before one can stomach a solution, one must first recognize that there is a problem. From State Troopers to Attorneys at Law to Roadway Motorists to Insurance Companies to News Outlets and Radio Show Hosts, it's clear that the driving community is ready for a solution. Join the discussion by subscribing at www.leftlanebully.com and weigh in in this long awaited shift!
I've categorized the articles for your convenience, as there is a lot of coverage that supports the need for reform. I trust that you won't have to read every article to get the picture.