In my last article, I talked about failure to drive in the right hand lane. In most cases, you want to drive in the right hand lane when operating a vehicle on a Connecticut highway. Here, I will talk more specifically about illegal use of limited access highway by certain motor vehicles. This includes buses, commercial vehicles, and vehicles with trailers. These vehicles have a restricted use of the left hand lane on limited access highways. For more information on this driving infraction, read on.
Divided Limited Access Highway Laws
All divided limited access highways with more than two lanes for traffic moving in one direction, there are certain laws. Drivers of motor vehicles with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) have to follow certain rules. They are required to drive in the right lane of the highway, as designated by the Office of the State Traffic Administration, in most circumstances.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. One exception is when the police officer directs traffic so that the vehicle cannot be in the right hand lane. Another example is when access to the highway is provided on the left of the road. When this happens, a bus, commercial vehicle, or vehicle with a trailer can drive in the left lane for the reasonable amount of time it will take to merge with traffic and move to the right hand lane. Similarly, they can drive in the left lane when trying to exit the highway on the left hand side.
Illegal use of limited access highway by bus, commercial vehicle, or vehicle with a trailer is a motor vehicle infraction in Connecticut. It will result in a fine of $88. You also risk having one point assessed against your driver’s license. To avoid these penalties and fight this charge, you should contact a motor vehicle violations lawyer.