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View Poll Results: What's the law?
The left lane is the only lane reserved for passing 21 46.67%
Use only the right lane, the middle and left lanes are all reserved for passing 7 15.56%
Our law only requires you to move right if you're slow 13 28.89%
We don't have a keep right law 4 8.89%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 12-05-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Just curious. A lot of DMV handbooks and driver ed instructors will tell drivers that the middle lane on a three-lane highway is the travel lane, the far left is the overtaking lane, and the right lane is for people entering or exiting the highway and those otherwise going slower than everyone else.

That gem of wisdom actually runs contrary to the law up here in Maine, which seems to mean that the middle and left lanes of a three-lane highway are both reserved for passing. They still post keep right, except to pass signs up on the three lane sections of I-95 as well.

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An operator driving on a limited-access way with a speed limit of 65 or more miles per hour is restricted in ordinary operation to the right-hand lane and may use adjacent lanes for overtaking and passing another vehicle, but must return to the right-hand lane at the earliest opportunity.
So the question: what's the law in your area?
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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one needs to use a bit of common sense (which of course isn't very common especially among politicians). It makes a big difference if you're driving in a urban area where you have many many many exits and entrances ramps, vs a more rural setting where entrance and exit ramps are miles apart and the total traffic load on the road is much less.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Maine
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one needs to use a bit of common sense (which of course isn't very common especially among politicians). It makes a big difference if you're driving in a urban area where you have many many many exits and entrances ramps, vs a more rural setting where entrance and exit ramps are miles apart and the total traffic load on the road is much less.
Maine's law pretty well covers that, in practice, I think. It only applies where the speed limit is at least 65. If it's that congested, the speed limit is more likely to be between 50 and 60 on a limited access highway (and we have rural speed limits as high as 75 in some areas, the highest on the east coast), in which case the law wouldn't apply.

Massachusetts' law is more extreme. They apply it on all ways, so even on multi-lane city streets, you are to keep right except to pass or turn left (cite), pretty much unless signs or police officers dictate otherwise. Even so, if you're keeping up with traffic in the middle lane, and there are a lot of people entering and exiting from the right lane, my experience is you end up overtaking them anyway, so you'd still be in compliance with the law. Either that, or someone will be in front of you, in which case you blame your inability to pass on the guy ahead of you.
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Old 12-05-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: NY
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Passing on the right is conditional to certain situations in NY. However, doing so on a multi-lane road like a thruway is acceptable.

As stated in the NYS handbook, you can pass on the right when "you are on a two way [or one way] road that is marked for two or more lanes or is wide enough for two or more lanes in each direction, to pass is not prohibited by signs or restricted by parked cars or other obstructions."
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Different states have different laws dealing with this, so there is no nation-wide standard. Some recommend things, some require, some don't really address it.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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That's an easy one. In Vermont we don't have any highways with more than two lanes in each direction.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I cruise the middle if it's available. Trying to cruise the right of a 3 lane highway with many on/off ramps is silly. Sometimes people hit the right lane hard getting on/off, or they're slowing so much preparing to exit that if you want to pass you'll end up in the middle lane anyway. Whereas camping in the middle lane, they can pass you on either your right or your left and you don't have to keep an eye on merging or exiting traffic.

If I want to pass someone I don't care what lane it is, if I see an opportunity I take it.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Don't know about other states but on I-75 all 'yield' signs entering the highway have been removed and all the 'slower traffic keep right' have been removed. So you can now cut someone off entering the highway at 40 mph and go right over to the left lane and drive at 40 mph. A new law was passed to stop laggers in the left lane 'impeding traffic' but I've never seen it enforced.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:18 PM
 
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If I want to pass someone I don't care what lane it is, if I see an opportunity I take it.
Passing on the right is a dangerous practice especially if it's a truck. If it were up to me I'd strictly enforce "drive right, pass left" laws on the Interstates with common sense exceptions for left exits, congestion etc. This would alleviate a lot of congestion and help prevent accidents, there would no reason for you to pass on the right.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Passing on the right is a dangerous practice especially if it's a truck. If it were up to me I'd strictly enforce "drive right, pass left" laws on the Interstates with common sense exceptions for left exits, congestion etc. This would alleviate a lot of congestion and help prevent accidents, there would no reason for you to pass on the right.
In a perfect world where people kept left except to pass I would agree with you. But most people don't care when someone wants to go faster than them, or rationalize in their mind why it's okay for them to hold someone up.

I skip the part where I get road rage and pass when and where I deem appropriate.
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