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‘We’ve heard many of you didn’t know’: TxDOT says left lane is for passing only

The Texas Department of Transportation said anyone caught violating the rule can be fined up to $200.

TEXAS — Texas Department of Transportation has a public service announcement for drivers who like to hang out in the left lane.

Most drivers think of the left lane as the "fast lane," and speed along the highway until they meet their destination. However, TxDOT is taking the time to remind drivers that that's not how the left lane works.

"We've heard many of you didn't know: The left lane on a divided highway is a PASSING lane," the department said in a tweet Aug. 2.

This means that you will only use it to pass someone and then get back into the right lane, TxDOT said.

Anyone who TxDOT said impedes the flow of traffic "by continuing to drive in the left lane is punishable by a fine of up to $200," the department said.