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New Alabama Traffic Law


On September 1 of this year, Alabama began enforcing a new traffic law which you may not be aware of. It is known as the “Anti-Road Rage Act”, and makes it illegal to ride in the left lane of any highway or interstate for more than 1.5 miles without completely passing another vehicle.

What you need to know about this new traffic law:

For the first sixty days, law enforcement may only issue a warning for violating this code. This means that beginning November 1, law enforcement officers will begin writing tickets for this offense. This does not mean that you must never drive in the left lane; however, there are exceptions built into the law that you should know about. Those exceptions are:

1) When traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to operate a vehicle in the leftmost lane. 2) When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to operate a vehicle in the leftmost lane. 3) When compliance with a law, rule, ordinance, or traffic control device makes it necessary to operate a vehicle in the leftmost lane. 4) When exiting a roadway to the left. 5) When paying a toll or user fee at a toll collection facility. 6) If the vehicle is an authorized emergency vehicle operated in the course of duty. 7) If the vehicle is operated or used in the course of highway maintenance or construction or is traveling through a construction zone.

While these last two exceptions likely won’t apply to most of you, it is important for you to know your rights on the roadway.

The Powell Law Firm, P.C. is licensed and admitted in all courts of Alabama, United States Federal Courts, etc.

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