Unsafe Lane Change in New Jersey

Unsafe Lane Change NJSA 39:4-88

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In New Jersey, statute number 39:4-88B is also known as an unsafe lane change, or failure to observe traffic lanes. Unsafe lane changes have to do with roads separated by clear lanes markers. When clear markers are designating which lane is which, drivers are responsible for ensuring they change lanes only when there is ample free space to do so. Generally, vehicles are normally driven in the lane nearest the right-hand edge of the curb 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, while preparing to make a left turn, or if 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 exceed 15 days or both. Also if charged with this offense in a safe corridor, construction zone or 65MPH zone, the fines are doubled.

Do not underestimate the severity of such a charge. In many cases, points on your license can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket, especially if you already had points prior to the offense. This means that you will be paying this offense for years down the road. Additionally, and rather obviously, if you spend time in jail, you will then have a criminal record that can follow you for years, or, in some cases, for life. There is nothing more burdensome than a record stating you went to jail, and nobody ever wants to check “yes” in the box that asks them if they’ve ever been arrested. What’s more, if you already have a certain amount of points on your license, a 2-point violation could be all it takes to push you over the edge and have your license suspended. This is every motorists’ worst nightmare, as a license suspension can prevent you from going to work, seeing your friends, and more.

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That being said, you should not fear–our firm is skilled in combatting unfair and unwarranted traffic violations on behalf of our clients, which is why we know we are the right firm for you. No matter the traffic offense, we will faithfully represent your rights, every step of the way to have your charges mitigated, or, in some cases, dropped altogether. If you are facing a New Jersey traffic violation, you must not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Carl Spector today. We are here to help.

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