How the left-lane law impacts you

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How the left-lane law impacts you

On July 1 of this year, House Enrolled Act 1305, what some are calling the left-lane law, went into effect. This newly passed legislation permits police officers to issue tickets to left-lane drivers who fail to move over into the right lane if another vehicle is overtaking them.

To provide you with some background, the intent of this law is to cut down on dangerous driving situations. Since Indiana code was vague when discussing multi-lane or interstate driving, this law clarifies the purpose of having multiple lanes on a roadway, which is to allow for a safer, steady flow of traffic. It is important to understand that regardless of a driver’s speed, the left lane’s purpose is for passing and the right lane is meant for all other traffic.

However, when lawmakers were drafting this legislation, we recognized that semi-truck drivers may need more time to move from one lane to another and that making quick, left-to-right lane changes are difficult. This is why officers are able to use their best judgment and discretion when applying the law. Additionally, the law will not affect drivers during traffic congestion, severe weather conditions, when exiting in the left lane, paying a toll or pulling over for an emergency vehicle.

For those with questions or concerns about this legislation and how it may impact you, I encourage you to contact my office at (317) 232-9643 or at My goal with this legislation was to create a safer, more efficient commuting environment for all Hoosiers, while making everyone more aware of their driving habits.


Rep. Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties