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Why did the NCDOT remove the ‘Keep Right Except To Pass’ sign on highways?

Ken Little

The signs are being taken off the road in many places because drivers are interpreting the instructions a bit too literally, says Steve Abbott of the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The resulting traffic flow patterns are not what NCDOT planners had in mind.

Says Abbott: “It was determined that motorists who were following the sign instructions regarding ‘Keep Right…’ were in many instances filling up lane capacity and slowing down traffic. And other drivers following the ‘…To Pass’ portion often took that to mean they could stay in the left lane and speed as long as they were continuing to pass other vehicles. People were actually treating it as a license to speed.”

The signs are being phased out in some areas, including the region surrounding Wilmington.

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3 Responses to “ Why did the NCDOT remove the ‘Keep Right Except To Pass’ sign on highways?”

  1. On July 24, 2009 at 8:45 am Nancy wrote:

    They need to remove the stay in your lane signs and road markings on 74/76 in Leland. They have caused more accidents then before’

  2. On July 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm Bob Boynton wrote:

    Not a good idea! Drive friendly is used in Texas…and staying in your lane and “reading” the lane markings are important . Passing on the right is asking for trouble.

  3. On August 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm Jer wrote:

    I think they should leave the signs up and enforce it. It’s irritating to get in the left lane when the vehicle ahead of you is doing 10 to 15 miles below the speed limit. It’s happened to me many times. Let the traffic flow in the left lane at the posted speed or issue a citation. I don’t think we have near enough traffic enforcement officers on the road. One reason we have the highest accident rate in the state.

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