Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. What are the particulars of any "keep right" laws in Juneau? Are the "Slower Traffic Keep Right" signs enforceable? Is there a regulatory difference between "Left Lane For Passing Only" and "Slower Traffic Keep Right" signs?
Dear Juneau Resident,
The law in Alaska says that the left lane is to be driven at the speed limit (weather exceptions apply). This is under 13 AAC 02.050. There is a $75 dollar fine and 2 points on a license at stake. Here is the entire law:
(a) Upon a roadway of sufficient width, a vehicle must be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
(1) when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway;
(2) when traveling upon a roadway marked or divided as provided by 13 AAC 02.025, 13 AAC 02.085, or 13 AAC 02.095, or within an urban district upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic; or
(3) when an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; a driver must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the opposite direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway.
(4) repealed 6/28/79;
(5) repealed 6/28/79.
(b) Upon all roadways outside an urban district, a vehicle other than an emergency vehicle proceeding at less than the maximum authorized speed of traffic must be driven in the right-hand lane or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway. However, on a two-lane highway outside an urban district where passing is unsafe because of oncoming traffic or other conditions, the driver of a motor vehicle proceeding at less than the maximum authorized speed of traffic and behind whom five or more vehicles are formed in a line shall turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists in order to permit following vehicles to pass.