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Old 05-10-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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i have a question, if everyone is driving 80 on the freeway and then someone decides to drive on the left lane, isn't that person just asking for a ticket because a) he's not really passing people and if he is b) he's speeding!
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i have a question, if everyone is driving 80 on the freeway and then someone decides to drive on the left lane, isn't that person just asking for a ticket because a) he's not really passing people and if he is b) he's speeding!
Although this is technically true, you're assuming that everyone is travelling 80mph. There is often a restriction for trucks that makes their speed limit 70mph or about 10mph less than normal vehicles.

So no, not really. Plus there are always people who don't drive at 80mph and will consistently travel anywhere between 65mph-75mph.
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Also if everyone's driving the speed limit, as far as the law is concerned you have no reason to be passing.
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Although this is technically true, you're assuming that everyone is travelling 80mph. There is often a restriction for trucks that makes their speed limit 70mph or about 10mph less than normal vehicles.

So no, not really. Plus there are always people who don't drive at 80mph and will consistently travel anywhere between 65mph-75mph.
I think you meant km/h

What I found most interesting about the article is this:
"Many drivers who were stopped said they didn't know the law, according to the State Patrol."

So those big black and white signs everywhere that say "STATE LAW: KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS. STRICTLY ENFORCED"... people just don't notice those, or...?
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sick and tired of oblivious people going 70 in the left lane on the highway,

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I think you meant km/h

What I found most interesting about the article is this:
"Many drivers who were stopped said they didn't know the law, according to the State Patrol."

So those big black and white signs everywhere that say "STATE LAW: KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS. STRICTLY ENFORCED"... people just don't notice those, or...?
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Actually, I was thinking in terms of things from the states as the article you provided was from Seattle. So I actually meant mph instead of km/h.

Plus I just drove to and from Portland last weekend.
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The law already exists here....... It is even posted on some hiways.

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155 (1) Despite anything in this Part, if a highway is marked with
(c) one single line, broken or solid, the driver of a vehicle
must drive the vehicle to the right of the line, except only
when passing an overtaken vehicle.

I am unsure of why it is not enforced unless there is some case law that has made it too difficult to enforce.
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The law already exists here....... It is even posted on some hiways.
I was referring to the enforcement blitz, rather than the law itself. However...

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155 (1) Despite anything in this Part, if a highway is marked with
(c) one single line, broken or solid, the driver of a vehicle
must drive the vehicle to the right of the line, except only
when passing an overtaken vehicle.

I am unsure of why it is not enforced unless there is some case law that has made it too difficult to enforce.
In most places, the signs actually read SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT, which is ambiguous at best... and I imagine, harder to enforce because the subjective opinion of who is "faster" is so easy to argue. It's only when you get into more rural areas that the signs are KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS... and even then, they've added to the ambiguity by posting big pretty signs explaining the law, with the right lane marked DRIVING LANE and the left marked DRIVING AND PASSING LANE.

On the whole, I suspect most people (in BC at least) don't obey it because all the signage seems to treat it as a suggestion rather than THE LAW.
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ive stressed this numerous times.. and now the article simply proves that our so called licensing tests are a joke..
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