291C-43 Overtaking a vehicle or bicycle on the left. [Repeal and reenactment on December 31, 2020. L 2018, c 218, 9.] The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles or bicycles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions, and special rules hereinafter stated:

(1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall 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 overtaken vehicle;

(2) The driver of a vehicle passing or overtaking a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction shall allow at least three feet of separation between the right side of the driver's vehicle, including all mirrors or other protuberances, and the left side of the bicyclist, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle;

(3) 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 the driver's vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle; and

(4) The driver of a two-wheeled motorcycle may overtake a stopped vehicle by maneuvering onto and driving upon a designated shoulder in a manner pursuant to section 291C-54(b). [L 1971, c 150, pt of 1; gen ch 1985; am L 2018, c 47, 2 and c 218, 2]

 

 

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