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Truckers upset about proposed ban on semis in the left lane

Truckers upset about proposed ban on semis in the left lane

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Some Ohio semi truck drivers say a ban on them driving in the left lane on highways makes the roads more dangerous.

The Ohio House Transportation Committee is considering the bill. They heard from two truck drivers who think the restrictions mean they'll have to deal with more vehicles entering and exiting the highway.

"When I'm coming through these major cities, in my common sense way, that's the safest place for me to be," said Gordon Johnson, a truck driver from Fredricktown with more than 40 years of experience.

He says it's not uncommon to see drivers of passenger vehicles cut across two lanes to make it to an exit ramp. Johnson believes it's one of the most dangerous things he sees while behind the wheel.

Supporters of the ban argue that semis drive slower than other vehicles and allowing them to be in the left lane would lead to driver frustration and possibly road rage.

Scott Grenerth, a truck driver from Arlington, Ohio, pointed out that Ohio already has laws against driving slower than the flow of traffic in the left lane.

"If you are driving slower than the flow of traffic you need to stay to the right and then everybody else should be able to integrate in with the flow of traffic," he said.

He told the committee he'd like to see that enforced more and drivers educated about it.

Grenerth says the safest situation possible for him is to make the fewest lane changes possible, especially in large cities.

"There is an incredibly increased risk of drivers interacting with you from the right hand side because of all those exits," he said.

Johnson says being restricted to the right lanes would also lead to more wear and tear on the roads. He cites roads in Michigan and I-65 south of Louisville, Kentucky as places where that's been the case.

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