Obeying the New Traffic Law Could Save Lives
Late last year, Oklahoma passed a new law making it mandatory for slower drivers to move to the right light. The law took effect on November 1, 2017, and states the left lane on multi-lane roadways in Oklahoma will be reserved for passing only.
Vehicles in the left lane will be required to move to the right if another car comes up from behind, allowing the faster automobile to pass. Anyone traveling in the left lane for longer than it takes to pass the traffic on the right will be fined around $235.
Law enforcement indicates there are some exemptions to the law, such as the potential of merging traffic, executing a left turn, and moving over for stopped or emergency vehicles. Likewise, officers are more concerned with long stretches of roads in rural areas rather than congested traffic and metropolitan regions. Police have said officers will enforce violations as they see them; however, there is an issue with having sufficient law enforcement numbers to implement such laws.
The law was initially passed in May with the intent to prevent collisions caused by a congested left lane and those caused by road rage.
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