State Representative Marilyn Slaby (R- Copley) recently introduced legislation that would keep trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds out of the left-hand lane on a freeway with three lanes of travel in the same direction.

The legislation, House Bill 278, is aimed at helping to keep traffic flowing smoothly, rather than smaller vehicles being behind trucks that are in the multiple lanes and travelling at slower speeds. The bill will continue to allow trucks to merge into a left lane when exiting the freeway, to continue on an intended route, when a hazard exists on the roadway or when otherwise directed.

“Far too many times, Ohioans have been stuck behind multiple trucks with no where to go, causing traffic to back up,” Rep. Slaby said. “This is a common-sense bill that will allow Ohioans to get where they need to be in a timelier manner.”

44 states already have some sort of left-hand ban for trucks written into law, including all those states bordering Ohio. HB 278 has been assigned to the House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

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