Editorial: Fighting the hogs on the road


Published Feb 27, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Driving on Oregon’s roads, some are hogs.

They monopolize the left lane, making it their own — no matter what they are doing to traffic flow.

Senate Bill 551 in the Oregon Legislature takes aim at the hogs. The bill sponsored by state Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, creates the new offense of staying in the left lane in all roadways that have two or more lanes for traffic in the same direction.

There are many common sense exceptions in the bill for passing, preparing to turn left and more.

If the bill passes, it may discourage hogs. And that would be good.

But we would hope that law enforcement officers are not going to be required to spend a lot of time actively enforcing it. They have more pressing concerns.