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Indiana state trooper hailed as hero for pulling over ‘slowpoke’ driver

Indiana State Trooper, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, went viral after he tweeted a photo of a car he pulled over for driving too slow in the left lane on the highway.

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An Indiana state trooper’s tweet reminding people about the state of the so-called “slowpoke” or “move” act went viral Saturday.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, a Indiana State Police Public Information Officer for the Versailles District, posted a photo of a car he pulled over for violating a law which entered into force in 2015 – is going too slow in the left lane on the highway when a car behind you going faster, FOX 59 reported.

“I stopped this vehicle in today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had about 20 cars slowed down behind her because she would not return to the right lane.” Wheeles wrote. “Again…if there are cars behind you, you should move into the right lane to allow them to succeed.”

I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had about 20 cars slowed down behind her because she would not return to the right lane.

Again…if there are cars behind you, you should move into the right lane for them to pass. pic.twitter.com/tePjJ1Xigy

— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) 16 June 2018

Wheeles said he was overwhelmed by the support, as many people expressed their frustration with drivers who go too slowly, which suggests that he to their state, get a raise, or receiving the Nobel Peace prize.

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal tweeted: “This man is my hero. Fast lane cruisers are one of my biggest frustrations!”

Former Dallas Cowboys NFL quarterback and Fox Sports analyst Troy Aikman also tweeted his support: “Finally!”

“Wow…I’m overwhelmed,” Wheeles said. “You guys are great!! Just trying to do my part to make the roads safer for travelers. Blessings…”

Wheeles also focused on people who had questions about the application of the law, with one person asking if it is even applicable if the “slow” the car is going the speed limit.

“The spirit of the law is that since many people drive well above the speed limit, it creates an “accordion effect” as the traffic starts to back up behind the vehicle in front of you,” Wheeles said. “This is where a lot of our crashes occur on the interstates. It’s all in the name of safety.”

The spirit of the law is that since many people drive well above the speed limit, it creates an “accordion effect” as the traffic starts to back up behind the vehicle in front. This is the place where many of our crashes occur on the interstates. It’s all in the name of safety.

— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) June 17, 2018

But he added in another comment that it is not intended to encourage people to break the speed limit.

This is not the way to encourage people to become speed. That speeders are definitely in violation. Vehicles all travel at different speeds. It was set up to keep track of the left lane drivers (or the family of the ten cars back) from getting run over by faster traffic on the left lane.

— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) June 17, 2018

“This is in no way encouraging people to speed. That speeders are certainly in violation, also. Vehicles all travel at different speeds. It was set up to keep track of the left lane drivers (or the family of the ten cars back) from getting run over by faster traffic on the left lane.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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