What is improper passing, and are there penalties for it?

| Jan 18, 2021 | Traffic Offenses

If you’re driving around other vehicles, you need to be sure that you are taking steps to prevent crashes. You should follow the traffic laws and do your best to pay attention to what’s happening around you.

If you suddenly pass a vehicle heading the same direction on the right, pass a vehicle heading toward you on the left instead of the right or if you pass when the road markings are solid, you could end up being accused of improper passing. 

What are the penalties for improper passing?

If you improperly pass another vehicle, then you can be fined, receive points on your license, face a surcharge, have to pay court costs and see an increase in your auto insurance rates. 

When are some of the times when you cannot pass other vehicles?

New Jersey does not ever allow vehicles to pass each other when:

  • A sign or center line restricts passing
  • The vehicle in the front has stopped for a pedestrian
  • At railroad crossings
  • On a hill
  • When sight lines are not visible
  • At intersections or street crossings
  • On narrow bridges
  • In tunnels or underpasses

If you pass at any of these times, a police officer may stop you and cite you for doing so. If that happens, you may want to think about defending yourself in court. You can pay the ticket, but if you do, you’ll be admitting guilt. You can defend against the charge in court if you make an appearance at the hearing.

Our website has more information on defending against traffic citations and why you may want to do so.