Woman given ticket for driving 63 mph in left lane of 65 mph highway

spencertickettooslow312A 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 the left hand lane in a 65 mph zone. The citiation read, “Failure of driver, driving below speed limit, 63 in a 65, to keep right.”

“[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’.”

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