(FOX 9) - Minnesota’s revised left-lane driving law went into effect Thursday, Aug. 1 in Minnesota.
It is also known as the “slowpoke” law, which the Department of Public Safety says will help makes Minnesota highways safer.
Here’s what you need to know, according to Department of Public Safety guidelines:
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- You can pass others safely in the left lane while obeying the speed limit.
- You can, and must, get back into the right lane after safely passing another vehicle.
- You can, and must, move out of the left lane so other vehicles can safely pass.
- You can report slow drivers by calling 911 and giving a description of the vehicle, its license plate and the location you last saw it.
WHAT YOU CAN'T DO:
- Drive slower than the pace of traffic in the left lane.
- Exceed the speed limit to pass another vehicle in the left lane.
- Pass someone who is going the speed limit ahead of you.
Left-lane law penalty:
Violating the left-lane law is a $50 fine.
For more information, see the Department of Public Safety’s blog post.
OTHER AUG. 1 LAWS:
Two other laws went into effect Aug. 1 in Minnesota. Find out more information on those laws below.
Left-lane driving law: What you can and can't do under Minnesota's revised left-lane driving law
Hands-free driving law: What you can and can't do under Minnesota's new hands-free driving law