Left lane law to go into effect Wednesday

by: Rick Maranon Updated:

TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • Oklahoma's new left lane law requiring drivers to stay out of the lane unless they are passing goes into effect Wednesday.
  • The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says only major violations will result in a ticket when the law first goes into effect.
  • Officials say the law mainly impacts semis who do not return to the right lane after passing other big rigs.
  • Infractions will result in a $235 fine.

 

Wednesday is the beginning of the end of what many drivers say is a major problem on Oklahoma roads.

Starting November 1, it will be illegal for drivers to drive in the left lane of a state highway, except when they are passing other vehicles.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Dwight Durant told FOX23 there won't be a major crackdown Wednesday morning or mass ticketing across the state. Instead, state troopers want to give drivers enough time to get used to the law before harsh penalties kick in.

In the end, it will be up to the trooper who pulls a driver over to determine just how badly they have violated the new law, Durant said. Those who receive a ticket for breaking the new law could pay $235.

Durant also said the main goal of the new law is to target semis who travel slowly on interstate highways in the left lane to avoid traveling behind other semis.

In 2018, new road signs in Green Country will remind drivers about the new law.


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