Unsafe Lane Change in New Jersey
In New Jersey, statute number 39:4-88B is also known as an unsafe lane change, or failure to observe traffic lanes. Or in other words, if a road is separated by clear lanes markers, a driver must only change lanes when there is free space to do so. A vehicle shall normally be driven in the lane nearest the right-hand edge or the curb of the roadway when that lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn.
A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from that lane until the driver has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.
Upon a highway which is divided into 3 lanes, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking or passing another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn or unless the center lane is at the time allocated for traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding and is signposted to give notice of that allocation.
According to the Motor Vehicle Point System, unsafe lane change is a 2 point offense. Conviction of this offense comes with fines that range from $50 to $200 or imprisonment for a term not to exceeding 15 days or both. In addition if charged with this offense in a safe corridor, construction zone or 65MPH zone, the fines are doubled.
By Carl Spector