On 3 Lane Itersate Lane #3 Can Used When?

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Tom G.'s Comment
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was ticketed for using #3 lane to pass slower traffic. reason explained by cop I was in lane #3 for a mile with one chance of returning to lane #2 then continue to pass slower traffic. the pre pass was 2 miles away, so running lane #3 in this area in particular is common. was not speeding. #2 lane also not driver friendly. officer acknowledged condition of lane#2 but lane#3 could not be used for more than a mile at a time. need help in mounting a defense in court

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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This is one of the local and city laws that supercede federal laws. As you stated what the officer said it's OK to use the 3rd land for passing only but has to be a mile or less of use. Seems about right.

Generally anytime you have a 3rd Lane it's for passing and you have to get back over as soon as you can. Most places have signs saying Keep Right unless passing. And as the officer said due to traffic you had not expectation of being able to return cause of the amount of traffic. Basically he is saying you should not have been on in the 3rd Lane since you could not get back over.

You will need to find out the local laws for that area. Of course you did not know that pictucular law at the time but the judge will tell you that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Basically I don't know if you have a defensible case. A lawyer will have to make that call. Please don't try and represent yourself.

Since a wrong Lane ticket should not be a moving violation (not for sure) might be easier to pay the ticket and chalk it up as a lesson learned.

But of course if you know the local traffic laws in that area and all the addendums and changes to the laws throughout the years then go for it.

But seriously to answer your question unless the first(outside) Lane is closed for some reason almost at anytime it's a mistake to even think about the third Lane for any reason. With very few exceptions you will get a ticket for something for being anywhere except for the first 2 lanes except when a sign says it's OK for trucks and then it's only ok for short periods of time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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As Guyjax says, generally try to stay in the right two lanes. It's not a matter of passing slow traffic, which you can do in a 4-wheeler, but more of a safety and legal thing.

Christopher J.'s Comment
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This is one of the local and city laws that supercede federal laws. As you stated what the officer said it's OK to use the 3rd land for passing only but has to be a mile or less of use. Seems about right.

Generally anytime you have a 3rd Lane it's for passing and you have to get back over as soon as you can. Most places have signs saying Keep Right unless passing. And as the officer said due to traffic you had not expectation of being able to return cause of the amount of traffic. Basically he is saying you should not have been on in the 3rd Lane since you could not get back over.

You will need to find out the local laws for that area. Of course you did not know that pictucular law at the time but the judge will tell you that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Basically I don't know if you have a defensible case. A lawyer will have to make that call. Please don't try and represent yourself.

Since a wrong Lane ticket should not be a moving violation (not for sure) might be easier to pay the ticket and chalk it up as a lesson learned.

But of course if you know the local traffic laws in that area and all the addendums and changes to the laws throughout the years then go for it.

But seriously to answer your question unless the first(outside) Lane is closed for some reason almost at anytime it's a mistake to even think about the third Lane for any reason. With very few exceptions you will get a ticket for something for being anywhere except for the first 2 lanes except when a sign says it's OK for trucks and then it's only ok for short periods of time.

Going through similar situation Jax but a photo radar ticket speeding AZ and using a company Hazmat truck no longer with company but they basically snitched on me I am enrolled with open road they got me a excellent traffic lawyer court date has come and gone lawyer told me I was not properly served so its a wait game I live in a gated community so the server is gonna have some difficulty they the robot cops say I was doing 14 miles over the speed limit which is false more like 5 over lawyer told me not to worry at all and when and if you are served he has several ways to beat it 90% success rate one way is those cameras have to be calibrated every 24 hours and I agree with Jax get a lawyer at most will cost $300 or less to dismiss GL and sorry for not punctuating

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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