If I need to be on the collectors for a few more exits, I'm afraid to say I stick to the centre lane. However, I do keep up with traffic. If there's no traffic in front of me, then it's faster than the right lane, slower than the left lane. Usually works out okay, but I still feel a tinge of guilt.
The express lanes are better, but those fourth lanes always end and then reappear. Not being from the area, I view those lanes with mistrust. I move over, then the lane wants to end, and no one wants to let me back in because I have cruise set to 100.
It would be nice to have actual "traffic cars" (not unmarked crown vic, impala with antennas sticking up). Ones that resemble every day citizen vehicles to combat this. To the most part it is nearly impossible to combat these types of things with a full marked car. People see the cruiser and start to drive like "angels", soon as they are out of sight...here comes the again!!
I remember driving a "traffic car" about 6 yrs ago.....it was amazing, follow too close tickets every shift, got passed on the paved shoulder, etc...
Banning vehicles towing any trailers from the left lane would also help.
How well does video evidence hold up in court? I've thought about this, too. My "solution" was to allow HSD officers to volunteer to fit their personal vehicles with a dashcam like Bookm has. Fit the cam with an easy to reach switch, and off-duty officers can click on the cam when they run into really bad driving.