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Drivers: Be aware of new lane law

New laws go in effect today that prohibits motorists from staying in passing lanes on multi-lane highways.

The Right Lane Law prohibits vehicles on divided highways outside city limits from operating in the far left lane except to overtake and pass another vehicle, preparing to make a proper left turn, or go around stopped vehicles.

Another provision, the Move It Law, mandates that drivers transporting non-hazardous materials move their vehicles out of if involved in an accident on a highway.

If vehicles can be driven, they should be moved to a safe location such as the shoulder or nearest exit.

Law enforcement should be called if there are injuries, a vehicle cannot be moved, a driver appears to be intoxicated, damage exceeds $1,000, a driver has no insurance, or a driver leaves the scene of the crash.

Warnings will be issued the first year. After June 30, violators can receive a $60 citation.

Another change will affect any driver receiving a citation for a traffic violation. In an effort to alleviate a $15.9 million cut from the judicial branch’s fiscal year 2010 maintenance budget, Kansas Supreme Court will impose an emergency surcharge of $10. The charge will be added to court costs in all cases.

Last modified July 2, 2009

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