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July Ushers in New Kansas Traffic Laws

The month of July ushers in the Dog Days of Summer and lots of new laws that go into effect on Kansas roadways.

Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Terry Maples says, “These new laws are vital to the safety of motorists on our roads and it is important that drivers are aware of changes that will become effective this week,”

The “Right Lane Law” prohibits vehicles on highways outside the corporate limits of any city, divided into two or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction, from being operated in the far left lane. Drivers many be in the far left lane to pass another vehicle, prepare to turn left, follow directions of traffic-control devices, or to avoid stopped emergency or road maintenance vehicles.

The “Move it Law” mandates that drivers of non-hazardous materials transporting vehicles involved in non-injury crashes on interstate, U.S. Highways, or any divided or multi-lane highway move vehicles out of the lane of traffic. The intent is to help keep drivers and passengers safe by getting them out of the lane of traffic and away from ongoing vehicles.

For violations of these two new rules, motorists will be issued a warning. A $60 citation will accompany a violation after June 30th, 2010.

One other noteworthy change – in effect until July 1st 2010, an emergency surcharge of $10. That means you will be charged an additional $10 with any traffic citation you receive.

For more information on these new laws, you can log onto the KHP website at: www.kansashighwaypatrol.org. Just look for the “new Road Laws” link.

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