Drivers applaud ISP officer's stop of 'slowpoke' driver
Last week, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says the extra attention has been great, but it's about safety and he wants people to know the law.
SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- One move by an Indiana State trooper has made a statement across the country.
It turns out, it's not just speeding that will get you in trouble with the law. Last week, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles pulled over a motorist for driving too slow in the fast lane, and the people he is sworn to serve and protect are happy he did.
Shannon Barger is a southern Indiana driver and said, she thinks all slow moving vehicles should be in the right lane.
It is probably the most common pet peeve for drivers.
"It's annoying cause you're just trying to get through and make your way to where you need to go and they're going way too slow," said Megan Abell, who lives and drives in Southern Indiana.
If the person moving too slow in the left lane drives you crazy, you're not the only one. In fact, in most states it's against the law.
"For some reason, people still don't know that the law exists," Wheeles said.
Wheeles recently realized just how many people don't know about the state's so called "slowpoke" law.
"I estimated, we had about 20 cars behind us at one point," Wheeles said.
Wheeles explained what happened when he spotted a driver going too slow in one of the passing lanes on I-65 last week.
"And that was the reason I ended up making the traffic stop," he said.
Wheeles gave the driver a warning, snapped a picture and sent a tweet that went viral.
"I wasn't at all expecting the kind of response that I got," he said.
The tweet has been liked and shared by thousands of people across the country. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman even shared the tweet.
Wheeles was even invited to appear on Fox & Friends. On the show, he shared this slogan: "drive right, pass left."
He says the extra attention has been great, but it's about safety and he wants people to know the law.
"If there's someone behind you in the left lane that wants to overtake you, you are required to move to the right to let them pass. And that was the point of me sending out the tweet, cause I wanted people to know that it is a safety issue."
So far, Wheeles says he has only given out warnings, but other officers are actually writing tickets. The fine varies from county to county.
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