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The Northway is four lanes, two in each direction north of Lake George but six lanes south of that village. As you drive where this highway is six lanes, do you drive in the center lane most of the time, unless you are passing another vehicle? If so, you are likely violating a vehicle and traffic law that very few drivers obey. Section 1120(b) of the state’s Vehicle and Traffic Law deals with driving on the right side of a roadway and its exceptions, stating, “Upon all roadways, any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic … except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.”

The key wording with this law is “upon all roadways.” The wording and the intent of this law applies to all roadways, including interstate and limited-access highways and even the four-lane section of Route 11 just east of Malone, where most of the westbound traffic approaching the village stays in the left lane, knowing that the left lane becomes the through lane at Raymond Street. This is permissible but only if a faster vehicle doesn’t approach from behind. If it does, you must pull over to the right lane to allow the faster vehicle to pass.

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