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H. B. 2798


         (By Delegates Armstead and Walters)

         [Introduced January 24, 2011; referred to the

Committee on Roads and Transportation then the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-7-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the limiting the maximum distance a vehicle can drive in a center lane which is clearly marked as a left turn lane.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §17C-7-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:


§17C-7-9. Driving on roadways laned for traffic; penalty.

    (a) Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply:

    (1) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

    (2) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane which is clearly marked as a left turn lane except in preparation for a left turn, in which case a vehicle may not travel in the center lane a distance in excess of seventy-five feet, or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding and is signposted to give notice of such allocation.

    (3) Official signs may be erected directing slow-moving traffic to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such sign.

    (b) Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100; upon a second conviction within one year thereafter, shall be fined not more than $200; and upon a third or subsequent conviction, shall be fined not more than $500.


    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prevent vehicles from driving more than seventy-five feet in a center lane designated for left turns.

    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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