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Laws requiring drivers to move over on the freeway will go into effect on July 1

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Starting July 1 two driving laws identified as the “Move Over” law and the “Left Lane” law go into effect, just in time for holiday weekend traffic.

The “Move Over” law, which was originally enacted to protect the drivers of emergency response vehicles, has been amended and will be applied to state transportation vehicles. Drivers on the freeway will be required to move over in the event a Nevada Department of Transportation vehicle is stopped on the side of the road. In the event the driver is unable to move over they must slow down to a safe speed.

The amendment was made in light of the 24 NDOT employees that were killed while working since 1948.

The “Left Lane” law requires drivers to use the far-left lane, or the fast lane, as a passing lane only.

This means that if a driver is driving behind a slow driver and wants to pass them, they can use the left lane to do so. However, once they pass the slow driver they are required to go back into the middle lane.

Violations of both laws come with consequences. If a driver violates the “Move Over” law, they can be charged with a misdemeanor. If a driver violates the “Left Lane” law, their first offense will result in a $50 fine. Repeat offenders will be required to take driver’s education again.

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