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Passing to the Right - Use of Shoulder


01-Oct-2017 Effective October 1,2017


Maryland Vehicle Law authorizes a driver of a vehicle to overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle only under specified circumstances; however, a driver of a motor vehicle is prohibited from overtaking and passing another to the right by driving off the roadway. This bill authorizes a driver of a vehicle to overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle by driving outside of the marked lane onto the shoulder if (1) the vehicle being passed is making or about to make a left turn; and (2) the passing driver can pass on the shoulder without leaving the paved road surface.


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