HB 212 Grace Period Ends
Alabama’s new law is intended to reduce the amount of time drivers spend in the left-hand lane.
In 2017, there were over 50,000 crashes that resulted in injuries on Alabama roadways. Of those crashes, nearly 1,000 of them were fatal accidents.
Alabama Department of Transportation officials are attempting to reduce that number with HB 212, the Anti Road Rage Law.
The bill was passed by lawmakers during the last legislative session. It prohibits vehicles from travelling in the left lane of the interstate for more than a mile and a half without passing another vehicle.
Exceptions to the Rule
There are exceptions in cases of heavy traffic congestion, inclement weather, road obstructions or if a driver is preparing to take an exit from the left lane.
- Congestion: If traffic is preventing you from driving in the right lane, you can remain in the left lane.
- Bad weather and road hazards: The new law states, you are allowed to drive in the left lane if these conditions are present.
- Exit and Toll: When your exit is on the left, or you’re paying a toll, you are allowed to drive in the left lane.
- Authorized Vehicles: Law enforcement and first responders, while on duty, are allowed to drive in the left lane.
- Construction: If construction forces traffic to the left, it is okay to stay in the left lane.
A recent AAA study suggests 80% of drivers reported feeling angry or aggressive when left lane drivers wouldn’t move over.
Proponents of the bill say will prevent driver frustration when vehicles stay in the left lane for too long.
The bill went into effect on Sept. 1. Law enforcement gave out warnings for the first 60 days.
Starting on November 1st, violators will receive a ticket for up to $200.