Measure to encourage safer roadways and improve conditions for motorists.

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) that will strengthen the penalties for motorists failing to keep right except when passing was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“At some point in time – whether on the Atlantic City Expressway, Route 295, or the Garden State Parkway – most of us have encountered the driver who refuses to leave the left lane, creating an unsafe traffic situation for all of us,” said Senator Norcross. “The increase in penalties and signage will help deter this behavior, reminding people that ‘Keep Right’ means keep right.”

Current state laws require motorists to remain in the right-most lane except when overtaking another vehicle or preparing for a left turn. Norcross’ bill will increase the maximum penalty from $100 to $300 for motorists that are cited for failing to observe the “keep right” law. A portion of that fine will be allocated strictly for the creation and maintenance of new signage to remind motorists to keep right when in New Jersey.

“The National Motorists Association (NMA) supports Senator Norcross' efforts to foster the smooth, safe and efficient flow of traffic on multi-lane highways by bringing attention to proper lane courtesy,” said a statement issued by Stephen G. Carrellas, P.E., Director of Government and Public Affairs for the New Jersey Chapter of the National Motorists Association.

According to the NMA website, observing lane courtesy laws results in safer, less congested roadways, improves gas mileage and reduces driver stress.