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Oklahoma left lane law - Tulsa Traffic Ticket Attorneys

Oklahoma Left Lane Law; Effective November 1 2017

Oklahoma Left Lane Law

Effective November 1, 2017, a new left lane restriction for vehicles driven on a two lane divided highways was put into place. The new restriction states that a vehicle may not be driven in the left lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle, other than in situations where traffic conditions or road configurations require the use of the left-hand lane in order to maintain safe traffic conditions.

Violations of the left lane restriction may result in a ticket, which are about $235, according to the Tulsa World

The new law was added to the Oklahoma Statute at 47 O.S. 2011, Section 11-309. The text of the new law is as follows:

[5] Upon a roadway which is divided into four or more lanes, a vehicle shall not impede the normal flow of traffic by driving in the left lane shall not be driven in the left lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle; provided, however, this paragraph shall not prohibit driving in a the left lane other than the right-hand lane when traffic conditions or, flow, or both, or road configuration, such as the potential of merging traffic, require the use of lanes other than the right-hand the left lane to maintain safe traffic conditions.

The statute can be viewed here

The Tulsa Police Department recently issued a statement regarding this law:

“The Tulsa Police Department has been inundated with questions about the amended Oklahoma left lane law, which  was primarily intended for highway application. We would like to clear up some confusion on the law and clarify what actions can be made by Tulsa Police Officers.

Municipal Officers cannot write citations for state traffic laws when there is not a municipal ordinance mirroring the same law. If need be, municipal officers can enforce the state law by an arrest but those incidences would be rare.

The City of Tulsa does have a city ordinance that is similar the State’s left lane law. The ordinance is Title 37 Section 640 A which states “Whenever any two-lane street has been divided into marked lanes for traffic, the driver of a vehicle shall drive in the lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway when such lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn.”

This ordinance has been enforceable for several years although it is rarely cited by Tulsa Police Officers. In the last three years this citation has been written 89 times in the City of Tulsa. 2015 – 30, 2016 – 33 and 2017 (YTD) – 26 citations. Due to the natural flow of traffic on city streets the application of this ordinance is limited.”

The statement was reported here.

If you have questions regarding this law, or have questions regarding traffic violations in Tulsa, contact our office for a consultation. As we have expressed in prior blog posts, it is important to understand the consequences of a ticket prior to paying the fine. 

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Tulsa Traffic Ticket Attorney; Consequences of Paying Your Ticket

Tulsa Traffic Ticket Attorney; Consequences of Paying Your Ticket

Tulsa Traffic Ticket AttorneyTraffic ticket fines vary throughout Oklahoma, differing by court, county and municipality. Most of the time, the ticket fine will be noted on the citation. However, if you do not see a fine, a court appearance will likely be required. When a person has been issued a traffic ticket in Tulsa, they have two options: pay the ticket and plead guilty/no contest or hire a Tulsa traffic ticket attorney to fight the ticket and plead not guilty.

By paying your ticket and pleading guilty or no contest, you have the possibility of increased insurance rates and DPS adding points to your driving history. A person with no tickets will have zero points on his or her license. After the payment of a ticket and a conviction, DPS will assign points to your record based on the offense. Point values range from one to four based on the severity of the offense. If a person accumulates 10 or more points within five years, his/her license will be suspended. Point are deducted by two for each 12 month period in which there are no convictions of any traffic violations (violations which carry points). In addition, two points are deducted for successful completion of a DPS-approved Driver Compliance or Defensive Driving Course. Reductions for completion of these courses can be given once every 24 months.

When a person hires a Tulsa traffic ticket attorney to fight the ticket, he or she will challenge the ticket in court for the purpose of having the ticket reduced or dismissed. Our firm has fought hundreds of traffic citations and has the experience you need to win your case. Aggressive legal representation can make all the difference in the outcome of your Tulsa traffic ticket case. At our firm, we strive to provide our clients with only the best service and representation throughout every stage of the process. We will give you and your case focused attention–providing the aggressive representation you need in order to have the greatest opportunity of reaching the best possible outcome following a speeding ticket.  Contact our Tulsa traffic ticket attorneys by phone at (918)592-1144 or online for a consultation.