A Maryland woman was shocked after she received a traffic ticket on Interstate 95 -- because it wasn't for speeding.
In fact, she was driving two mph under the speed limit.
The driver, who didn't want her name used, told News4 she was driving in the left lane of I-95 on Laurel last Friday when she was pulled over and cited for failing to move right.
According to the citation, she had been driving 63 mph in a 65 mph zone.
"[I was] really shocked," she said. "I thought, 'Oh my God, you've got to be kidding me'."
This was the first time she'd ever gotten a ticket -- but on Friday, she said, the area was experiencing heavy winds and she had slowed down to be safe.
"Sometimes when it's dangerous, you have to do what you can to stay safe," she said.
StormTeam 4 Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said winds were gusting at around 40 mph that day.
"The reason [the ticket] is silly is because it's sending the wrong message," said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic. "And that is, 'We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you're penalized for that'."
The driver has filed a complaint with Maryland State Police and plans to fight the ticket.
While police said they can't comment on this specific ticket, they said that driving too slowly can impede traffic, and that anyone who wants to fight a citation can do so in court.
So let's hear it - is there ever a good excuse to drive steadily in the left lane, ignoring all the signs that say "slower traffic keep right", blocking semi trucks in the right lane that can't get over to let traffic merge in from onramps or move into the left lane when a cop has someone pulled over on the right shoulder?Answer Question
Answer by Dardenella at 3:50 PM on Mar. 12, 2013
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Answer by anestheticsex at 4:23 PM on Mar. 12, 2013
I guess if she had a line up of cars behind her that's one thing. But this sounds like they needed to meet a quota or something. I hope she wins her day in court.
Answer by mrsmom110 at 4:31 PM on Mar. 12, 2013
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