I saw a news item about this on the TV news this morning.
I did not know there was such a law (there isn't in NYS, Maryland, D.C.,
Apparently, many motorists (~71 %.) in the states that have the law do
not know it.
In some, or maybe all, the states that have it include other than for
law enforcement safety.
Check your state law for specifics.
I do these things as a matter of courtesy and safety without any law
telling me to do so.
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Staying to the right except when passing has long been the rule of
the road. Trucks are also supposed to be in the right most lane
except when passing or when traffic prevents it. What I see so
prevalent in today's drivers are those who blissfully float along
in the left most lane, at or under the speed limit, often side-by-
side with another vehicle. This leads other drivers to attempt to
get around the obstruction by cutting lanes and lane weaving,both
of which are dangers. And, it would seem that many/most of these
left lane hogs are completely oblivious to what they are doing
because they're on a cell phone or fussing with something in the
Jerry, aka HP
"Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas
The law does exist in Ohio but most do not know it. Recently a law was
passed that if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights must
also be on. Most people are completely unaware of that one too.
Well, us hicks in Ohio didn't think of it until now. We may have paved
roads by next year, but only the big roads.
The big argument over the law is "Are runnning lights considered
headlights?". IMHO, the trouble with running lights is that they do
not turn on the tailights.
The problem with the "pull over" law is what does pull over mean? To
the right is usually correct, but not always.
Well, I'm curious: what, exactly, are "running lights"? Just the
marker lights? My understanding is that what people call "running
lights" should be called "parking lights". The only time I can
think of where it would be useful to drive with the
parking/running lights on and the headlights off is in heavy fog.
I am one of 116 people in the US that checks all the lights on
their car on a regular (~monthly) basis. I don't recall every
noticing that the taillights don't come on unless the headlights
Or are we discussing "Daytime running lights" (DTRs) in the
newer cars, that are on all the time?
When I drove for a living, I had my headlights on whenever I was
moving. I soon discovered that a large white van, with
headlights, can still be invisible to a portion of the driving
population. OTOH, I never had an accident, so maybe it did help.
Gratuitous peeve: people that park the car (standing) but leave
the headlights on. It takes a moment to realize that the are not
coming and the right-of-way is clear, by which time it may not
be. The unneeded glare also obscures cars that *are* moving but
don't have their lights on, pedestrians, etc.
"I suspect you're an arrogant little pissant who grew up in the
Red Bull generation." - CJW
My 97 pickup has driving lights that I installed. They go on with the
ignition and there is a dashboard switch that disables them for all times.
They are 55 watt halogen lights under my front bumper, but they are
angled down a little bit so as not to shine them in the faces of
Even worse are parked cars on the wrong side of the road with headlights
on - a NYS 'left side to curb parking violation' even with no lights on.
Why is it that all the dopes in SUV's and trucks drive around with
their driving lights on all the time? Driving lights are not supposed
to be for around town - they are for the open road with no on-coming
traffic. These vehicles are already the highest vehicles on the road
and have plenty of light projection and visibility with their regular
lights and they are already blinding drivers in on-coming cars. Yet
they still drive around all the time with their friggin driving lights
They are installed for safety, not for me to see better, but for other
dopes to see me coming. That's why they are angled down. They don't even
light up oncoming vehicles or vehicles I am following..
My fault for calling them 'driving lights', but thats what they are sold
as, and they are on when I am driving, but they are being used as
aftermarket daytime running lights. ..
Typical legislative moves: pass laws designed to improve public safety
but don't tell the public so that the law actually has little effect
except to cause a few more tickets to be written.
In MA, they passed a law requiring people to clean the snow off their
cars and trucks. It seems the snow flying off cars, and especially
semi trucks, has caused many accidents as the ice and snow blankets
cars behind them. Another "common sense" law like "move over"
legislation, but common sense isn't common. So, they pass a law - but
again they haven't told anyone, so new drivers even know about it, and
safety is not improved.
It gets even worse when the police don't know the law.
Last fall I was on a 4 lane road, in the rightmost lane, at a traffic
signal. This road crossed another four lane road. When the road
crossing mine got the red signal, my road got the left turn signal.
This meant that traffic on the other side of the intersection could
turn left as well as the side I was on. The guy in front of me was
going to make a right turn (as I was) and right turn on red was
permitted. The guy turning left smashes into the guy ahead of me in
the rightmost lane of the crossroad.
The cops show up and I waited as a witness. (I knew the guy ahead of
me as he lives two doors down from me) The cop tickets me neighbor?
Was the cop right?
Everywhere I have lived, the law states that if there is more than one
lane, the left turner is supposed to turn into the inside lane and the
right turner should turn into the curbside lane. If the person that has
turned left wants to move over to the curbside lane he may do so when
that lane becomes clear. Vice versa for the person in the right lane.
This information should be in your states drivers manual and should be
on the drivers test. Looks to me like the LEO gave the ticket to the
Absolutely! I "mentioned" to the cop that my neighbor was in the
right, but he still ticketed him. It went to court and turned out
right, but what a waste of time. So it isn't just "the people" who
don't know the driving laws, it also includes the boys in blue that
On 2/17/10 7:49 AM, in article email@example.com,
It depends which state you are in. In Texas if you have the light (i.e. The
guy with the left turn signal) you can legally turn into whichever lane you
please and if you are making a right turn on red after stopping, you can
only legally turn from the curb lane into the curb lane and only without
interfering with any other traffic. Here the ticket would properly go to
the right-turn-on-red guy.
logically,the one with the green signal has right-of-way over those stopped
at a red,even a right-on-red.
Right-on-red requires that the driver go only when it's not interfering
with thru-traffic. That includes green left-turn arrows.
there are plenty of places where you HAVE to left-turn into the rightmost
lane in order to turn into an entrance that's near the intersection.
Like most gas stations located on corners.
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