Do You Actually Understand NJ’s Passing Laws?
To some, ignorance may be bliss. However, when it comes to motor vehicle laws, it may be inexcusable. So, let’s start with NJ’s passing laws. Are you up on them? Or, could you be in danger of receiving a traffic citation?
It might be that it’s been some time that you sat through the exam when you first received your driver’s license. Presumably, you knew about passing laws when you first got behind the wheel. Even so, it could be that you are ready for a refresher course.
Passing to the Right
For most motor vehicle operators, there is no problem remembering the requirement to pass on the right. According to NJSA 39:4-84, this applies to traffic proceeding in opposite directions. There’s more, though. Drivers are required to give others at least one-half of the highway to the vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. What does this translate to? Stay in your lane.
The law regarding passing is more extensive than the limitation to pass on the right. Here are some other restrictions outlined in NJSA 39:4-85:
- The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance to the left thereof and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.
- Drivers are not prohibited from passing on the right when another motor vehicle is making a left turn.
- Passing on the right is permissible only when safe.
- Motor vehicle operators are not allowed to drive on the pavement in order to pass another automobile or to overtake another vehicle.
- The foregoing information also applies to traffic traveling between lines.
If there’s another thing almost every motor vehicle operator remembers from driver’s education, it is the significance of no-passing lines. Most motorists know the importance of staying on their side of the road. This is particularly crucial when it comes to the center of the highway.
Although places like Route 22 have solid medians, Routes 1 & 9 are mostly divided by a center line. Drivers should take care to stay on their side of the roadway.
The short answer on double yellow lines means lane restriction. Crossing a double yellow line is grounds for a ticket. Notwithstanding, there are times where a yellow line will be broken on your side of traffic. This means that it is permissible to pass the vehicle in front of you.
School Bus Passing
Passing a school bus can be an expensive ticket. The law regarding passing school buses is found at NJSA 39-4-128.1. Among other things, it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to pick up or discharge students. The bus will illuminate red lights to indicate that it is waiting for passengers to exit or enter the vehicle.