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New Law Requires Drivers To Move Right Unless They Are Using Left Lane To Pass

Wed, 08/04/2021

COLUMBIA – The SC Department of Public Safety informs motorists of a new South Carolina law that will require drivers to “move right” except when passing. Starting August 15, 2021, the new law, Section 56-5-1885, will require drivers to only use the far left-hand lane on controlled access highways while they are passing or overtaking another vehicle.  

According to the law, SC law enforcement will only issue warnings for the first ninety (90) days after the effective date. This offense is a civil violation punishable by a fine of up to $25. No court costs may be assessed in addition to the fine. The South Carolina Department of Transportation will install new signs, like the one below, along South Carolina roadways alerting drivers of this new law. Additionally, SCDOT will be reminding motorists of the new law using its overhead message boards.

Stay right law

There are several exemptions for the new law such as “when traffic conditions and congestion make it impractical to drive in the right lane.” For a full list of exemptions and to learn more, visit:

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