When you’re stuck behind a car that just won’t go fast enough, it’s tempting to pass it any way possible.
However, avoid that urge or you could be facing a serious traffic ticket for improper passing.
Believe it or not, getting convicted of improper passing in NJ will seriously stain your driving record and require you to pay a lot of money in fines, penalties, and insurance hikes.
Improper Passing Ticket Basics
If you choose to pass a vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction on the left side instead of the right, you can be ticketed for improper passing.
Similarly, if you pass a vehicle going in the same direction as you on the right, that too counts as improper passing.
However, if the other vehicle is about to make a left turn––or there are at least two lanes of traffic proceeding in that direction––then you will be allowed to pass on the right.
You also cannot drive to the left of the center of the highway in order to pass a vehicle moving in the same direction as you unless the left side is clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic.
Likewise, crossing over a solid “no passing” line on a highway is also grounds for an improper passing ticket.
Police officers will be on the lookout to issue you a ticket, especially if you pass a vehicle at an intersection, on a hill or curve, at a railroad crossing, on a narrow bridge, or when a sign explicitly prohibits you from doing so.
Penalties for Improper Passing in NJ
If you are convicted of improper passing in NJ, 4 points will go on your driving record.
You also will have to pay an $85-$200 fine and could even be forced to serve 15 days in jail (although it is rarely imposed).
However, if the violation took place in a construction zone, safe corridor, or 65 MPH zone, then your fine will be doubled.
Also, if the traffic court judge deems your conduct willful, he or she can suspend your license.
Lastly, your auto insurance rates will go up. Depending on your carrier, your auto insurance hike can be close to 50%.
Be sure to hire an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket attorney to help you fight your improper passing ticket.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a traffic ticket for improper passing in New Jersey, contact Michael Botton of The Botton Law Firm today at 732-894-3686. His team of traffic ticket attorneys have years of experience fighting tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and reducing traffic violations.