I asked Trooper Keith Leary of the State Patrol to weigh on in the subject of moving to the left to allow drivers who wish to turn right on red to do so.
He pointed out that the right lane is a perfectly legal lane of traffic and straight-ahead bound drivers who wish to wait through the red there may do so.
He added, though, that, troopers are highly unlikely to enforce the “keep right except to pass” law regarding drivers who choose to move left to leave the right lane open.
“We’re not even going to go there,” he said. “It’s one of those things where if people want to move over and they want to be courteous and do that, that’s fine. We’re not going to be looking for that.”
The main considerations in situations such as these, Leary said, are courtesy and paying attention.
“We want to prevent road rage situations,” he said.
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