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Speed Up or Move Over?

Speed Up or Move Over?

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Driving can be dangerous. It requires a placing your trust in your fellow drivers to follow the rules of the road. Drivers can often be found following others too closely or distracted by cell phones, food, and other distractions in their cars, creating a safety hazard for themselves and other drivers. The auto accidents caused by drivers’ negligence can lead to serious injuries.

In 2015, a new Indiana law that many legislators believe will create safer roadways went into effect. This new law requires drivers in the left lane to move to the right to allow faster vehicles approaching in the left lane to pass. Failure to do so can result in a traffic citation. If you have been involved in an accident caused by another driver’s negligent or reckless driving, regardless of the speed and lane maneuvering, the Indianapolis auto accident attorneys at Holland & Holland, LLC can help you get the money you deserve.

Drive on the Right, Pass on the Left

We have all experienced the frustration of driving slowly in a long line of traffic only to see open road ahead of that one car driving below the speed limit. While there is debate over the necessity and enforcement on the new law, supporters of the law claim that it will create safer Indiana roadways. According to a report in the Indianapolis Star, new Indiana Code section 9-21-5-9 went into effect on July 1, 2015 and “is intended to get drivers to use the left lane only for pass, as the law also requires.” Additional arguments in favor of the law are that traffic will move more smoothly if slow motorists move to the right and that slow “drivers can cause traffic hazards.” Though some may find these arguments farfetched, many drivers have witnessed other motorists engage in risky driving behaviors to maneuver around slower cars. These risky driving maneuvers can lead to collisions and other accidents.

The new law is being called the “slow-poke” law by some. Under this law, law enforcement officers are authorized to issue citations to drivers who hold up traffic in the left lane. Law enforcement may write tickets to slow left lane drivers, fining them up to $500. Under this law, the driver in the left lane’s is not the issue; drivers in the left lane must simply yield to faster approaching traffic. Currently, only a few states have laws that penalize slow drivers in the left lane — New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida.

Exceptions to the Law

There are situations where those driving at reduced speeds in the left lane are not required to move to the right. These situations include:

  • When traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to operate a vehicle in the left lane;
  • When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to operate a vehicle in left lane;
  • When compliance with a law, a regulation, an ordinance, or a traffic control device makes it necessary to operate a vehicle in the left lane;
  • When exiting a roadway or turning to the left;
  • When paying a toll or user fee at a toll collection facility;
  • When the driver is operating an authorized emergency vehicle;
  • When there are highway maintenance or construction vehicles present.

Contact an Experienced Indianapolis Auto Accident Attorney

While there has been much debate about the necessity of the “slow-poke” law, one fact remains constant: car accidents happen and they occur regardless of the laws in place. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, contact the Indianapolis auto accident attorneys at Holland & Holland, LLC for a free case evaluation. Call our firm today at (317) 581-4400 or visit us on the web to begin working on your case with us.

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