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New Jersey's Left Lane Law

Summer is here and it's time to give visitors to our state a refresher course on New Jersey's left lane laws.

Drivers in New Jersey know that every now and then throughout the year they will be stuck behind a driver who does not understand the concept of the left lane.

At this time of year, the problems in the left lane are worst

And when summer comes, the problem seems to multiply exponentially. It's a small thing we call out as out-of-town travelers.

Yes, tourist season has begun in New Jersey and we thought this would be a good time for a friendly reminder to New Jersey drivers who don't yet know it – but especially to the tourists we'll be sharing the roads with all summer long.

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Let's start with the cost of not knowing New Jersey's left-lane rules. According to Davis, Sapersteing & Salamon, violating them can cost you $100 to $300.

Left lane rules in New Jersey

That's the penalty for not staying in the right lane in New Jersey. Yes, the left lane that tourists love so much is only for passing, not for driving 20 miles per hour under the speed limit.

Here is how the McHugh & Imbornone, PA website explains the left lane law in New Jersey:

Motorists are not allowed to drive in the left lane on freeways unless they are passing another vehicle or driving in the right lane is impractical. This law helps regulate traffic flow on busy freeways in New Jersey.

When there are three or more lanes on a highway, the leftmost lane is for overtaking. The middle lane is for driving, but slow drivers should stay in the right lane to avoid obstructing the flow of traffic.

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