Q I smile every time I see a column on road boulders, knowing the rage that will be vented in the comments by so many road boulders and everyone proposing solutions to them. I have lived in Minnesota, California, Arizona and British Columbia, and all of them have "Slower traffic keep right" signs that are duly ignored.

But Texas has the most effective road boulder law I've ever seen. Their signs say "Keep Right Except To Pass," and they mean it.

People can argue endlessly over whether "slower" means slow or slower. They can't argue they were passing when they clearly weren't. Do you think a "Keep Right Except To Pass" law would make a difference in the Bay Area?

Gillian Hubble

Sedona, Arizona

A No, but Texas is not the lone state to experiment with this.

Q It seems that Washington state is finally doing something about road boulders.

According to a report on Seattle's KCPQ Fox 13 News, Washington state troopers are cracking down on so-called left-lane squatters through the enforcement of a state law that requires drivers to stay to the right except to pass. Drivers may get a warning or citation as troopers endeavor to "change driver behavior, whichever way we can," said one officer. As another said, "I think that's the No. 1 issue that we have -- people just sitting in that left lane."


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Here's hoping the CHP takes a page from their playbook.

Ian Crew

Berkeley

A Florida, Georgia and New Jersey also are clamping down on road boulders. Florida enacted a law that can penalize drivers going 10 mph or more below the speed limit in the left lane who don't get out of the way for faster vehicles. New Jersey also has boosted fines for driving too slow in the left lane. If you don't move to the right when another driver wants to zip past you in Georgia, you could face up to a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.

But there is no move afoot to ban driving in the left lane on California highways except to pass. The plea for slower traffic to move right should be sufficient, but it's widely ignored. We have the worst traffic in the country and every urban roadway in California is jammed during commute hours, and there is no empty lane or space available that can be designated for passing only.

Q I'm not a road boulder and generally drive 5 mph over the speed limit, and never in the fast lane. Over the last few years, no matter what lane I'm in or what speed I'm going, someone is always right on my bumper expecting me to move out of their way.

Driving courtesy has left the building and it seems like a free-for-all, all the time. So great guru of the roads, what do we do about this? If people don't start being less self-absorbed and more responsible, the only fix is self-driving cars. I only hope they get here in time.

Sam Klutez

Sunnyvale

A We can relax behind the wheel, move to the right if we're slowing things down, and don't take it as an insult if others want to go faster.

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