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SF 3046

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/29/2018 04:27pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to traffic regulations; amending requirements on driving in the right-hand
lane; making technical changes; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections
169.18, subdivisions 3, 10; 171.0705, by adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes
2017 Supplement, section 169.18, subdivision 7.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.18, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Passing.

deleted text begin The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles
proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations, exceptions, and special rules
hereinafter stated:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text endnew text begin (a)new text end The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
deleted text begin shalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end pass to the left deleted text beginthereofdeleted text endnew text begin of the other vehiclenew text end at a safe distance and deleted text beginshall not again
drive
deleted text endnew text begin is prohibited from returningnew text end to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the
overtaken vehicledeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (b)new text end Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an
overtaken vehicle deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle deleted text beginon
audible warning,
deleted text end and deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end not increase deleted text beginthedeleted text end speed deleted text beginof the overtaken vehicledeleted text end until
completely passed by the overtaking vehicledeleted text begin; anddeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or individual proceeding in
the same direction on the roadway deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin must (1)new text end leave a safe distance, but in no case less
than three feet clearance, when passing the bicycle or individualnew text begin,new text end and deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end maintain
clearance until new text beginthe vehicle has new text endsafely deleted text beginpastdeleted text endnew text begin passednew text end the overtaken bicycle or individual.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 169.18, subdivision 7, is amended
to read:


Subd. 7.

Laned highway.

new text begin(a) new text endWhen any roadway has been divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic, deleted text beginthe following rules, in addition to all others consistent
herewith, shall apply:(a)
deleted text end a vehicle deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end be driven as nearly as practicable entirely
within a single lane deleted text beginand shall not be moveddeleted text endnew text begin. The driver must not movenew text end from deleted text beginsuchdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end lane
until the driver has first ascertained that deleted text beginsuchdeleted text endnew text begin the lane changenew text end movement can be made deleted text beginwith
safety
deleted text endnew text begin safelynew text end.

(b) Upon a roadway which is not a one-way roadway and which is divided into three
lanes, a vehicle deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end not be driven in the center lane exceptnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end when overtaking and passing another vehicle where the roadway is clearly visible
and such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distancedeleted text begin, ordeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2)new text end in preparation for a left turnnew text begin;new text end or

new text begin (3)new text end where deleted text beginsuchdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in
the direction the vehicle is proceedingdeleted text begin,deleted text end and is signposted to give notice of deleted text beginsuchdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end allocation.

new text begin (c)new text end The left lane of a three-lane roadway which is not a one-way roadway deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end not
be used deleted text beginfor overtakingdeleted text endnew text begin to overtakenew text end and deleted text beginpassingdeleted text endnew text begin passnew text end another vehicle.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d) A road authority may erectnew text end official signs deleted text beginmay be erecteddeleted text end directing slow-moving
traffic to use a designated lane deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same
direction, deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin or instructing motorists of the requirements under subdivision 10.new text end Drivers of
vehicles deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end obey the directions of every deleted text beginsuchdeleted text end signnew text begin erected under this paragraphnew text end.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end Whenever a bicycle lane has been established on a roadway, any person operating
a motor vehicle on such roadway deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end not drive in the bicycle lane except tonew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end perform parking maneuvers in order to park where parking is permitteddeleted text begin, todeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2)new text end enter or leave the highwaydeleted text begin, todeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (3)new text end prepare for a turn as provided in section 169.19, subdivision 1deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end or deleted text beginto
deleted text end

new text begin (4)new text end stop a school bus for the purpose of receiving or discharging any person provided
the school bus is equipped and identified as provided in sections 169.441 and 169.442,
subdivision 1
, and the flashing red signals are activated and stop-signal arm is extended.

new text begin (f) A vehicle must be driven in the right-hand lane under subdivision 10.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.18, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

deleted text beginSlow-movingdeleted text end Vehiclenew text begin operation in right-hand lanenew text end.

new text begin (a) Upon all laned
highways, including freeways and expressways as defined in section 160.02, a vehicle must
be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic if it is safe and practicable to do
so.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text endUpon all deleted text beginroadways anydeleted text endnew text begin streets, anew text end vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed
of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end 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, deleted text beginexcept whendeleted text endnew text begin if it is safe and practicable to do so.
new text end

new text begin (c) The requirements under paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply when:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, deleted text beginordeleted text end new text begin provided
that the operator of the passing vehicle uses the rightmost lane then available;
new text end

new text begin (2) new text enddeleted text beginwhendeleted text end preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or drivewaydeleted text begin,deleted text end
deleted text begin or whendeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (3) new text enda specific lane is designated and posted for a specific type of trafficdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (4) overtaking and passing vehicles as provided in subdivisions 11 and 12;
new text end

new text begin (5) necessary to enter or exit an expressway, freeway, interstate highway, or other
controlled-access highway; or
new text end

new text begin (6) otherwise directed by an official traffic-control device, by a peace officer, in a work
zone, or by other law.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 171.0705, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Driver's manual; restricted driving in left lane. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must
include in each edition of the driver's manual published by the department after August 1,
2018, information explaining the requirement to drive a motor vehicle in the right-hand
lane, including the circumstances under which a driver is allowed to drive in another lane,
as provided under section 169.18, subdivision 10.
new text end