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Fines Could Go Up For Not Keeping Right

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 20, 2013

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The New Jersey Assembly is expected to give final legislative approval to a measure that would increase the fines for failing to keep to the right on multi-lane roadways.

The legislation would boost the fine to as much as $300.

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says drivers who are not passing anyone and still hanging in the left lane can cause problems.

 “Especially if they’re causing people to approach them and then have to switch lanes on the right, pass them on the right, and then switch lanes back down the road. It is probably one of the most hazardous practices on our highways today short of drinking and driving. It causes countless incidents of road rage.”

$50 of each fine would be used to pay for signs that remind drivers to keep to the right.

O’Scanlon says he hopes drivers get the message.

“I’m hoping that these increased fines will not have to be given out to many people. I don’t want this to be a revenue generating opportunity for anyone, but I’m that the attention we’re getting from increasing the fines to reasonable levels by the way really educates people.”

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