Trooper Declared A National Hero After Stop Of Slow Left Lane Driver Goes Viral

Indiana State Trooper's text about pulling over a slow driver in the left lane has gone viral.

Versailles, IN – An Indiana State Police sergeant is getting national acclaim after he tweeted that he had pulled over a slow driver in the left lane.

“I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65,” Sergeant Stephen Wheeles tweeted June 16. “The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane.”

“Again …,” Sgt. Wheeles continued, “if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass.”

The tweet had 78,000 “likes” and 4,600 comments in the first three days on Twitter.

The reaction on Twitter to Sgt. Wheeles was overwhelmingly supportive.

“Wow .. I am overwhelmed,” Sgt. Wheeles tweets after his post went viral. “You are all amazing!!! Just trying to do my part to make the roadways safer for the traveling public.”

“Someone write his superiors so he can get himself a raise,” The Official Dirty White Boy Twitter account tweeted.

“Now that’s a tweet I can agree with,” Sgt. Wheeles responded.

“Yooooooo, do you wanna come to Hawaii and tell everyone that??” Kaya tweeted.

“As long as I could tell them from a beach chair with my feet in the sand,” Sgt. Wheeles said.

One of the commenters included race car driver Graham Rahal, whose father Bobby Rahal won the 1986 Indy 500.

“This guy is my hero,” Rahal tweeted. “Fast lane cruisers are one of my biggest frustrations.”

Former NFL star Troy Aikman even chimed in.

“Finally!” Aikman tweeted with a thumbs up emoji.

Someone asked Sgt. Wheeles on Twitter if they could be ticketed for being in the left lane even if they were going the speed limit, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Sgt Wheeles stated, "The spirit of the law is that since many people drive well above the speed limit, it creates an 'accordion effect' as traffic starts backing up behind the slower vehicle. This is where many of our crashes occur on the interstates. It’s all in the name of safety."

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PapaJon
PapaJon

Many of the biggest wrecks I worked were when some idiot blocked the left lane and bunched up lots of traffic. Federal law on interstate highways and US roads requires that you keep right EXCEPT TO PASS! Signs on are every road. You are not there to slow speeders. That is impeeding traffic.

smitty195
smitty195

Notice what type of car it is? Looks like a Subaru. I don't know about the rest of the country, but in California, it's the Subaru driver and the Toyota Prius drivers who are the WORST. They drive around in their own little happy-happy-fun world, where everything is unicorns and rainbows. They have a bit Obama-style smile on their face as they drive, completely oblivious to the world around them. They just think, "I'm saving the WORLD by driving my Prius on the freeway going 45 MPH in the fast lane". The SF Bay Area has it the worst; Nice to see this happen!!

Copfamily
Copfamily

As Smitty195 points out, it's always a Subaru!!! Well done, officer.

Trefflek
Trefflek

The car in the picture is a Chevy. 🤔.

Stupid drivers come in all shapes and sizes just like their cars.

Vcanejr
Vcanejr

thank you officer I have wished many times for a cop to ticket the fools going slow blocking traffic. in the passing lane,