We’ll pass on this bill, thanks

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Sen. Mike Mer­ri­field, D-Colorado Springs, thinks he has an an­swer to those times when you find your­self stuck on a moun­tain pass be­hind a slow­mov­ing ve­hi­cle whose driver seems in­dif­fer­ent to the frus­tra­tion he is caus­ing.

Mer­ri­field’s so­lu­tion: Pass a law that pro­hibits a driver from im­ped­ing more than five ve­hi­cles “fol­low­ing im­me­di­ately be­hind” and re­quires the driver to “pull off the road where it is safe and le­gal to do so and let the oth­ers pass.” That’s what Se­nate Bill 18 says, which Mer­ri­field is spon­sor­ing.

Maybe SB 18 would help, but we’re skep­ti­cal. Some­times peo­ple don’t pull over be­cause they fear los­ing what lit­tle mo­men­tum they have. And some­times they don’t be­cause they’re rude and don’t care. Would they care more if they faced a very small risk of be­ing fined? Seems un­likely.

And we can hear the ex­cuses al­ready, be­gin­ning with, “But of­fi­cer, how was I sup­posed to know there were so many cars be­hind me on this wind­ing road?”

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