Ask a Trooper

Posted: Monday, March 12, 2001

Question: If you are going the posted speed limit, is it necessary to pull over if five or more vehicles are behind you?

Answer: The short answer is "no." If you are going the posted speed limit, you don't have to pull over. With that said, we've all experienced motor homes that don't go the speed limit because they are sightseeing. They certainly have to pull over.

But let's look at this another way. Does driving along the highway at the posted speed limit with someone who is tailgating you cause serious problems? Yes.

We have all heard of road rage. Then there are the impatient drivers who will pass on double yellow lines, or pass on curves or pass multiple cars at a time. So I ask you to please pull over when you have multiple cars behind you or when you have impatient tailgaters following you. I don't advocate speeding, but let's not cause potentially bigger problems (multiple and potentially fatal vehicle accidents, fights, shootings) because you don't want to pull over and let someone by.

The troopers on the road are actively enforcing the five-car rule, following too closely and speeding.

If you have questions that you would like to ask a trooper, please send them to: Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603. Or you can e-mail them to The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.

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