New Jersey Looks To Toughen ‘Keep-Right’ Law

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey is looking to increase fines against drivers who fail to keep right on the roads.

The Garden State already has one of the nation’s toughest “keep-right” laws which requires motorists to stay out of the left lane except to pass. Trucks and buses are forbidden to travel in the far-left lane on highways with three or more lanes in one direction.

Violators currently face a two-point penalty on their driving records and a possible insurance surcharge.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

A new bill, which passed the state Senate Transportation Committee last week, would boost the maximum fine for hogging the left lane from $200 to $300 and raise the minimum fine from $50 to $100.

Some of the proceeds from the fines would be used to post more signs alerting drivers of the law.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon spoke with some turnpike drivers who said anything that discourages drivers from hanging out in the left lane is a great idea.

“I try not to, but I know somebody who does, and I tell her very often I think it’s not right,” one driver said.

“People that hang out in the left lane really create a backlog of traffic which is a potential for an accident,” another driver said.

The proposal could make it to the Senate floor in a couple of weeks.

  • H8PAdrivers

    I’m laughing out loud because you can spot who the left lane riders are: the ones who think this is a stupid law and we should be worried about other problems. We are a nation of people who can handle big problems and little problems at the same time! Amazing isn’t it? Traffic congestion is a huge problem and so we need to use the roads most efficiently because time is money. Accidents from road rage often occur because of a slower driver not allowing others to pass for whatever reason. People don’t think about the fact that some people are more comfortable going faster than others. I’m not talking about aggressive weaving in and out, strictly speed. They’re not in a rush, they’re not trying to race slower traffic, they simply are more comfortable than others going faster but it is often taken the “wrong way” – that the speeders are maniacal jerks. If we really want people to slow down, remove safety devices from cars and don’t make them drive so smooth. It’s so easy to speed in newer cars b/c it doesn’t feel like you’re going very fast. I personally love driving and don’t want to race anyone or bully anyone but a slow poke blocking traffic is very annoying. If you’re a slow poke and you won’t move over or pull to the side of the road to allow the train of cars behind you pass, you are just as discourteous and guilty of breaking the law as the aggressive asshole riding your tail.

  • adios amigos

    Asian females,should not be allowed to drive SUV’s…they are a true road hazardj

  • adios amigos

    If they don’t enforce the existing law,what the heck is the difference….and we all know the troopers could give a rats ass,about enforcement

  • Amber

    Please enforce this so we no longer have to ride 20 miles behind the drive doing 30 in the right lane and the one doing 40 in the left (on a 65 speed limit road) who won’t let anyone pass.
    While we’re at it can we increase the fines for anyone who’s driving 20 mph below the speed limit in the right lane UNTIL you try to pass them when they speed up to 80 to make sure you don’t get by?
    And for nrichard below – you can come watch me parallel park anytime, learned how, in NJ 20+ years ago and can do it just fine. I can also pump my own gas. We Jersey ladies aren’t as helpless as you might think.

    • nrichard

      Never said anything about gender (I am female) and while you may be able to park and pump most can’t – but you are correct about the racing so you can’t get by – it’s idiotic and maddening.

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  • Lead Foot Larry

    FABULOUS LAW !!! Now if only it could be enforced 100% of the time but that’s just not gonna happen.

    The drivers who are the most irritating are the ones in the left lane moving at or below the speed limit when there is absolutely no traffic impeding them in their lane to the right. Their just doing it because the sign says 55 or 65 and by god thats’ precisely what speed they will drive – and you will too!

    I’ve often wondered are they doing it out of self-righteousness, spite, ignorance or all-of-thee above? In any case, its very annoying. Hope these increases will discourage at least some of the behavior no matter what is prompting it.

    • Jim

      THIS is what this state worries about?? Referring to the left lane as a “passing” lane is a joke. This country is up to its ears in trillions of debt, but it can afford to build roads where an entire lane is dedicated soley to passing?? No, it is, in fact, the FAST lane.

      How about the dolts who tailgate in the SLOW lane when a car is doing 50-60 MPH? While slower drivers in the fast, not passing,lane may be annoying, it usually isn’t nearly the danger the speeders doing 70-75 MPH and tailgating are. They ride the bumpers of people who have the audacity to actually drive the speed limit. There are plenty of foosl speeding like crazy in this state; if NJ wanst revenue, maybe they should actually start enforcing existing speed limit laws.

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  • idaman

    Hey Vic…NO ONE knows how to drive in NYC

    • nrichard

      Seriously? Coming from someone who took their driving test in a parking lot with orange cones simulating cars? Really? Sweetie – New Yorkers take the test on the streets among real live cars – they know how to parallel park which is something I have never seen anyone born in NJ do. They also do not drive in the direction that they happen to be looking – if a Jersey driver turns their head 1 degree left or right, their car goes too. Oh – by they way, who has the right of way at a 4 way stop – ahhhh NO it’s not the guy who jams the gas to go first. Your slogan should be “New Jersey, the “Me First” state” I have been walking to a store entrance and had some Jersey freak practically run to beat me to the door WHAT IS THAT? -This law will do nothing because no one will enforce it – the only thing that can be hoped for is someone in a huge semi just rams these idiots out of the left lane.

  • idaman

    It’s about time. The first rule of the road is “KEEP RIGHT”. Somewhere along the line, this basic rule has been forgotten.

  • Vik

    Uh … really?! This is the stupidest fine ever thought of. How about catching the idiots that talk on the phone on the Turnpike and while you’re at it, keep them out NYC because they don’t know how to drive here.

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