Most motorists are aware of the dangers of speeding. It’s listed as a contributing factor in roughly one-third of all fatal motor vehicle collisions; however, it can be just as dangerous to be traveling slower than the flow of traffic—even if traffic is moving above the posted speed limit.
The Indiana car accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain lawmakers felt this was just one reason to create a new law that allows for motorists traveling in the left lane to be ticketed for failing to move over for faster traveling vehicles.
According to an article from CBS Chicago News, motorists traveling in the left lane will be required to move to the right lane if they can reasonably tell that an approaching vehicle is going to overtake them–even if its speeding. An offense for failing to move over will be punishable by a $500 fine.
There are exceptions to the rule though. Motorists are not required to move over during times of heavy traffic, bad weather, or when exiting the roadway to the left. Other exceptions to the rule include when drivers are paying tolls or if they are making way for a stopped emergency vehicle.
The new rule is scheduled to take effect on July 1.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the role the flow of traffic can play in highway safety. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful the new regulation is successful in better protecting the safety of everyone who is sharing the road. Remember, the left lane is for passing!
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