Saturday, August 04, 2007
Left Lane Usage
Q: It seems that almost everyone is fixated on driving in the left lane these days. At one time it was drilled into our heads to "Drive Right, Pass Left". Was that a law? and if so, what ever happened to it?

A: Good question. I was not able to find any information indicating this is a law per se, but the BMV states in their drivers manual as the 'rules of the road' that you should stay in your designated lane except to pass, which is the intent of a multiple lane roadway. In addition, Police Officers, EMS and Fire are all required to pass on the left side of the roadway when in emergency operation mode. Every day I am stuck behind drivers who use the left lane improperly, however short of a vehicle failing to yield to an emergency vehicle under these circumstances there is no other penalty for using the lane incorrectly. In short, PLEASE use the left lane ONLY for passing or turning.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:23 AM  

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