Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Dear Trooper Kathy: I just read your article in the paper about two-lane roads. We also have a problem with people passing on the right, mainly on Main St where it is one lane in each direction. Is it legal to pass on the right? If it isn't, why do so many people do it? Trooper Kathy says: Many people speed also. It doesn't make it right. I have talked about this in prior articles but let's revisit the issue. Here's what the law says. The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only upon the following conditions: When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn. Upon a street or highway with unobstructed pavement not occupied by parked vehicles of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles in each direction. Upon a one-way street or upon any roadway on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement, where the roadway is free from obstructions and of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles. When the driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting such movement in safety. In no event shall such movement be made by driving onto the shoulder, whether paved or unpaved, or off the pavement or main-traveled portion of the roadway. It is illegal to pass on the right if any of the following situations apply: Fog line on right side of road. A right turn lane. An oncoming vehicle ALSO making a left turn. No-curb and gutter. If they have to leave the main portion of the roadway. Remember, it is never safe to pass someone on the right. Sometimes, it is legal but if you do pass, make sure it is legal AND safe. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, e-mail her at
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