Drivers often grumble about those who fail to use turn signals when switching lanes or gun their engines when they see a light change at intersections. Ultimately though, one of the biggest complaints is likely to be about drivers who go slow and travel in the left-hand lane when driving on highways and interstates. Under Nevada law, this lane is meant primarily for passing vehicles, and drivers are required to stay in the rightmost lane to ensure traffic flows smoothly. In addition to infuriating other drivers and subjecting you to a ticket, not being in the appropriate lane can also increase your risk for car accidents and injuries.
The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 484B.200) specifically states that motorists are required to
drive in the right-hand lane as much as possible. Not doing so could result in a traffic ticket for a moving violation that will cost you several hundred dollars, in addition to resulting in up to four demerit points on your driver’s license. If the incident occurs in a roadway construction zone, the penalties are even more severe. The law does allow for five situations in which drivers are permitted to be in the left lane:
Driving primarily in the right-hand lane reserves the left for faster moving traffic and provides a safer, easier way for drivers to pass other vehicles. Passing from the right is more challenging and potentially dangerous, as it is harder for drivers to see oncoming vehicles approaching from the right. Right rear-view mirror images are often distorted and there is likely to be a larger blind spot on that side of the vehicle.
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In addition to requiring drivers to remain in the right lane, Nevada does penalize drivers for going too slow in the left lane as well. According to the Nevada Driver Handbook, it is illegal to travel in the left lane at less than posted speed limits, other than in the following situations:
Driving too slowly in the left lane can leave you vulnerable to tailgating, which can lead to a wreck. If you do happen to be involved in a crash, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Las Vegas car accident attorney for help.
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