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Keep Right, Except to Pass

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The “Slow Poke” Law

Pursuant to House Bill 459, slower drivers must move out of the passing lane (most left-hand lane) and over to the right to allow faster-moving traffic to proceed. Regardless of the speed you are traveling, you must move from the lane when faster traffic is approaching. The only exceptions are:

  • When traffic conditions make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;
  • When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;
  • When compliance with a law of this state or with an official traffic control device makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane;
  • When your vehicle must be driven in the passing lane to exit or turn left;
  • When it is necessary to pay a toll or use a pass on toll highways;
  • Authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties; or
  • Vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

IT’S THE LAW!