Relating to motor vehicles and traffic; to amend Section 32-5A-80 of Code of Alabama 1975, to require a vehicle traveling on an interstate highway to travel in the right lane unless passing another vehicle; to provide exceptions; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901.
This act shall be known as the Anti-Road Rage Act.
Section 32-5A-80 of the Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows: "§32-5A-80. "(a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows under any of the following conditions: "(1) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;. "(2) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; provided, any person doing so shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;. "(3) Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or. "(4) Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic. "(b) Upon all roadways, any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway. "(c) Upon any roadway having four or more lanes for moving traffic and providing for two-way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of the center line of the roadway, except when authorized by official traffic-control devices designating certain lanes to the left side of the center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to use such lanes, or except as permitted under subsection (a)(2). However, this subsection shall not be construed as prohibiting the crossing of the center line in making a left turn into or from an alley, private road, or driveway. "(d)(1) Upon any interstate highway, except as provided in subdivision (2), a vehicle may not remain in the leftmost lane for more than 1.5 miles without completely passing another vehicle. "(2) A vehicle may travel in the leftmost lane under any of the following conditions: "a. When traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to operate a vehicle in the leftmost lane. "b. When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to operate a vehicle in the leftmost lane. "c. When compliance with a law, rule, ordinance, or traffic control device makes it necessary to operate a vehicle in the leftmost lane. "d. When exiting a roadway to the left. "e. When paying a toll or user fee at a toll collection facility. "f. If the vehicle is an authorized emergency vehicle operated in the course of duty. "g. If the vehicle is operated or used in the course of highway maintenance or construction or is traveling through a construction zone."
For 60 days following the effective date of this act, a law enforcement officer may issue only a warning citation for a violation of subsection (d) of Section 32-5A-80, Code of Alabama 1975.
Although this bill would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds, the bill is excluded from further requirements and application under Amendment 621 because the bill defines a new crime or amends the definition of an existing crime.
This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law. House of Representatives Read for the first time and re- ferred to the House of Representa- tives committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure ...... ....... 19-MAR-19Read for the second time and placed on the calendar.................... ....... 03-APR-19 Read for the third time and passed as amended......................... ....... 11-APR-19 Yeas 61, Nays 24, Abstains Jeff Woodard Clerk
|May 29, 2019||H||Delivered to Governor at 1:33 p.m. on May 29, 2019.|
|May 29, 2019||H||Assigned Act No. 2019-515.|
|May 29, 2019||H||Clerk of the House Certification|
|May 29, 2019||S||Signature Requested|
|May 28, 2019||H||Enrolled|
|May 28, 2019||H||Passed Second House|
|May 28, 2019||S||Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 1202|
|May 28, 2019||S||Third Reading Passed|
|April 25, 2019||S||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar|
|April 16, 2019||S||Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Transportation and Energy|
|April 11, 2019||H||Mooney and Wingo intended to vote Yea|
|April 11, 2019||H||Engrossed|
|April 11, 2019||H||Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 173|
|April 11, 2019||H||Motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 172|
|April 11, 2019||H||McMillan Amendment Offered|
|April 11, 2019||H||Whorton motion to withdraw adopted Voice Vote|
|April 11, 2019||H||Whorton Amendment Offered|
|April 11, 2019||H||Third Reading Passed|
|April 3, 2019||H||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar|
|March 19, 2019||H||Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure|