A Maryland woman has gotten a very unusual speeding ticket for driving a mere two miles under the speed limit on Interstate 95.
Local NBC affiliate News4 reports that the woman, who asked to keep her name anonymous, was driving 63 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone. Police say the reason they ticketed her was that she was driving in the left lane reserved for speedier commuters.
“[I was] really shocked,” she told the station. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.’”
Of course, commuters who get annoyed by someone hogging the right lane might salute the move.
However, the woman noted the area was experiencing heavy winds at the time and she was only driving under the speed limit as a safety precaution. She also claimed to have never been ticketed before.
“Sometimes when it’s dangerous, you have to do what you can to stay safe,” she said.
She has one ally on her side: the local branch of AAA.
“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.’”