Drivers Could Face Higher Fines For Staying Left
Almost nothing is more infuriating on our roadways; drivers going less than the speed limit and refusing to move to the right and get out of our way. It's already against the law if motorists fail to stay right unless passing, but few get tickets for it and the fines aren't that steep anyway.
Today, an Assembly committee will consider a bill to seriously increase the fines.
"The bill would increase the fine from between $50 and $200 to between $100 and $300 for the fine," says Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson. "It would help with things like road rage and also it helps with traffic flow and also it may help cut down accidents too."
Wilson says sometimes when a driver is behind someone in the left lane, "The only thing you can do is try to be aggressive behind the wheel and we don't want that happening…$50 from each fine goes toward getting signs installed and maintained on the highways to remind motorists what the law is in New Jersey."
State Senator Donald Norcross sponsors the measure in the Upper House. He says, "At some point in time, whether on the Atlantic City Expressway, Route 295, or the Garden State Parkway, most of us have encountered the driver who refuses to leave the left lane, creating an unsafe traffic situation for all of us. The increase in penalties and signage will help deter this behavior, reminding people that 'Keep Right' means keep right."
According to the National Motorist Association (NMA) website, observing lane courtesy laws results in safer, less congested roadways, improves gas mileage and reduces driver stress.
In a statement issued earlier this year, statement issued by Stephen Carrellas, Director of Government and Public Affairs for the New Jersey Chapter of the NMA said, "The National Motorists Association supports Senator Norcross' efforts to foster the smooth, safe and efficient flow of traffic on multi-lane highways by bringing attention to proper lane courtesy."