H. B. 2266
(By Delegates Pettit, Dempsey,
Hubbard, Coleman and H. K. White)
[Introduced January 15, 1999; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation then the
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article seven, chapter
seventeen-c of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended; and to amend and reenact
section seven, article fourteen of said chapter, all
relating to removing the requirement of blowing a vehicle
horn when passing another vehicle or driving on a highway
where a curve obstructs the view within a distance of two
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article seven, chapter seventeen-c of
the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one,
as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that section seven,
article fourteen of said chapter be amended and reenacted, all to
read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY, OVERTAKING AND PASSING, ETC.
§17C-7-3. Overtaking and passing vehicle proceeding in same
direction -- Passing on the left generally.
The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing
of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to these
limitations, exceptions, and special rules hereinafter stated.
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle
proceeding in the same direction shall
give an audible signal and
pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again
drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the
(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is
permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to
the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle
on audible signal
and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely
passed by the overtaking vehicle.
ARTICLE 14. MISCELLANEOUS RULES.
§17C-14-7. Driving on mountain highways.
The driver of a motor vehicle traveling through defiles or
canyons or on mountain highways shall hold such motor vehicle
under control and as near the right-hand edge of the highway as
and, upon approaching any curve where the
view is obstructed within a distance of two hundred feet along
the highway, shall give audible warning with the horn of such motor vehicle
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the requirement
of blowing a vehicle horn when passing another vehicle or driving
on a highway where a curve obstructs the view within a distance
of two hundred feet.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.