Florida Senate - 2023                              CS for SB 464
       By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Perry
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to interstate safety; amending s.
    3         316.081, F.S.; defining the term “furthermost left
    4         hand lane”; prohibiting a driver from continuously
    5         operating a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand
    6         lane of certain roadways, except under certain
    7         circumstances; providing applicability; providing a
    8         penalty; providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Present subsections (4) and (5) of section
   13  316.081, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (5)
   14  and (6), respectively, a new subsection (4) is added to that
   15  section, and present subsection (5) of that section is
   16  republished, to read:
   17         316.081 Driving on right side of roadway; exceptions.—
   18         (4)(a)As used in this subsection, the term “furthermost
   19  left-hand lane” means the farthest most left-hand lane, except
   20  that, if such left-hand lane is a high-occupancy-vehicle lane as
   21  defined in s. 316.0741, or is a designated left turn lane, the
   22  furthermost left-hand lane shall be the lane immediately to the
   23  right of such high-occupancy-vehicle lane or left turn lane.
   24         (b) On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes
   25  allowing movement in the same direction with a posted speed
   26  limit of at least 65 miles per hour, a driver may not
   27  continuously operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left
   28  hand lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle,
   29  when preparing to exit the road, street, or highway, or when
   30  otherwise directed by an official traffic control device. This
   31  subsection does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles and
   32  vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or construction
   33  operations.
   34         (6)(5) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic
   35  infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in
   36  chapter 318.
   37         Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2024.