I have a question about the so called, "fast lane" on a multi-lane highway. I specified Nevada in the title because I know every state has it's own laws about this. I know some states designate the left lane as a passing lane only, and Nevada doesn't appear to have any laws on the books like that. What I was able to find is this.
NRS 484B.627 Duties of driver driving motor vehicle at speed so slow as to impede forward movement of traffic; prohibition against stopping vehicle on roadway so as to impede or block normal and reasonable movement of traffic; exception.
1. If any driver drives a motor vehicle at a speed so slow as to impede the forward movement of traffic proceeding immediately behind the driver, the driver shall:
(a) If the highway has one lane for traveling in each direction and the width of the paved portion permits, drive to the extreme right side of the highway and, if applicable, comply with the provisions of NRS 484B.630;
(b) If the highway has two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic traveling in the direction in which the driver is traveling, drive in the extreme right-hand lane except when necessary to pass other slowly moving vehicles; or
(c) If the highway is a controlled-access highway, use alternate routes whenever possible.
What I am wondering is if I could be cited for impeding traffic if I am driving the speed limit in the fast lane and cars behind me want to go faster. To be more clear, let's say I am traveling the speed limit, but faster than the cars in the lane to my right. If a single car or group of cars zip up to me going 10-20 MPH over the speed limit, would I be considered blocking the "normal and reasonable movement of traffic? 484B.627 does say that if my rate of speed impedes a vehicle behind me, I should move to the right, but it doesn't say anything about the speed limit. If the cars go around me on my right, would that be further proof that I am impeding traffic and could I be cited?
To sum it all up, I want to know if there is any reason I can be considered impeding traffic according to Nevada law if I am going the speed limit in the left lane. I am baffled that in some states a driver can be ticketed for holding up traffic even if the driver is doing the speed limit. If all the lanes are moving faster than the speed limit, that means you can be forced to break the speed limit in order to safely merge or simply drive on the highway. I always figured that the "fast lane" is for folks traveling up to the speed limit and the other lanes are for slower drivers according to how slow they are going. I would really appreciate a LE opinion on this issue.
Edited to add one more variable to the question- If the vehicle in back speeds before coming up to the front vehicle AND/OR tailgates the front vehicle after reaching them, which driver would be the priority to pull over? Does the rear vehicle breaking speed limit or other laws take precedence over the impeding traffic? This is assuming the front vehicle isn't causing a major traffic jam, just holding up a car or two.