Ask a Trooper

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001

Question: If the car in front of me is slowing down to make a left-hand turn, am I allowed to go around it on the right?

Answer: Yes, but only in limited circumstances. 13 AAC 02.055 state you may pass on the right if the vehicle in front of you is slowing down to make a left turn is in a lane to the left of you, and you can make the pass safely. It goes on to say you also may pass on the right if the roadway is wide enough for two cars to travel side by side safely. This means that you cannot cross over the fog line to pass a car in front of you that is preparing to turn.

If the road is not wide enough for two cars, you cannot pass, and this is a violation we see frequently. However, if the car turning left has moved into the left lane, you may pass on the right.

Violation of this section will cost you $40 and 2 points.

Another common violation we see is turning into the wrong lane. When making a turn from a two-lane road onto a four-lane road, you are required to turn into the farthest left lane if you are turning left, or the farthest right lane if you are turning right.

We regularly see people turning left and crossing into the right hand lane, or turning right and crossing into the left-hand lane on a four-lane roadway. This is in violation of 13 AAC 02.200(a-c), and also will cost you $40 and 2 points.

If you have questions you would like to ask a trooper, send them to Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603 or e-mail them to Chad_Goeden@dps.

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