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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross and Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) targeting unsafe driving practices was passed by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee today. The measure will strengthen penalties for motorists who fail to keep right except when passing, raising the fine from a range of $50 - $200 to a range of $100 - $300.
“The left lane is for passing, not coasting,” said Senator Norcross. “Motorists who hog the left lane create unsafe traveling conditions, halt the flow of traffic and cause road rage.”
The bill establishes a fund to finance Keep Right signage installation and maintenance, with a $50 surcharge from each fine going to the fund.
“Everyone can relate to being caught behind that driver who refuses to leave the left lane,” added Assemblyman Wilson. “We want to increase awareness and hopefully cut down on that sort of behavior on our roads.”
The National Motorists Association (NMA) has expressed support for A2277, saying it fosters smooth, safe and efficient traffic flow on multilane highways.
The measure – which was approved by the Assembly committee unanimously – passed the Senate earlier this year, and now awaits consideration by the full Assembly.
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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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