I'll take the contrarian point of view:
The speed LIMIT is the highest speed you should be going and you should feel comfortable driving just below the speed limit on any lane on a road. If you are going 63mph in a 65 in the left lane, you should be neither harassed nor punished.
If the intention is that people drive 85mph in the left lane, the law should be changed to make that legal. As it stands, if I want to be in the left lane in my Prius, which hardly ever exceeds the legal limit, I have the absolute right to do so. In practice I don't because of the legions of lawbreakers who threaten my safety, but the law is on my side and not on theirs.
It really is a dicey situation. I think it certainly varies in different parts of the country too.
When I lived in Massachusetts, I had a 60 mile commute each way on the Mass Turnpike. At least a few times a week, I would get a state trooper come flying up behind me while I was passing in the left lane. I would usually be going around 70 or so in a 65 zone. No lights or siren. When I pulled over to the right, he would give me a dirty look because I didn't get out of his way fast enough. He would continue to do this to each "slowpoke" in front of him in the left lane. And, no, it was not the same trooper each time.
My point is, that in certain parts of the country, even law "enforcement" will not tolerate anyone going less than 10 mph OVER the speed limit because they want to keep traffic moving.
I think anyone who has lived in the Northeast and commuted on major highways for any length of time knows what I'm talking about.
Edited by swyman18, 02 May 2014 - 05:25 PM.