Left lane law causing confusion

The new left lane law...does it only apply to highway traffic? (Clemmer/KTUL)

Like many drivers, it suddenly hits you, 'Oh yeah, I gotta remember about that new left lane law,' but what exactly is it again…

"I just stay out of the left lane because I don't actually know all the details on it," said motorist Herb Tack.

The fine print says that for roadways that are divided into four or more lanes, you shall not drive in the left lane except when you're passing another vehicle, except when traffic conditions, road configurations, flow, or merging require the use of the left lane to maintain safe conditions.

But does it apply to the city streets as well? "No. It doesn't," motorist Phil Kaye said hesitantly. "I don't know, I don't know the law," he smiled.

Technically, there's nothing in the new law that specifies highways only, as motorist Marq Lewis found out first hand.

"I got pulled over because I was in the left lane," he said.

And it happened, he says, on a city street near 25th and Sheridan.

"He (police officer) said, 'I pulled you over because you were driving in the left lane for x amount of period of time.' And I said, 'I didn't think that law applies here,' he said, 'Yes,'" he said.

Lewis says he called one of the lawmakers who authored the new law who told him…

"He said the intent is the highway," said Lewis.

"Yeah, I think the left lane law was basically designed to not impede people on the highway who want to go fast versus slow," said Kaye.

"Since I'm not sure about it I just stay out of it all together pretty much," said Tack.

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