To keep drivers on the right side of the law, N.J. may increase fine

Fines may be on the way up for failing to keep right on New Jersey highways.

The Senate transportation committee has advanced legislation that increases the current maximum $200 fine up to $300.

The measure is intended to make the roads safer, said Sen. Donald Norcross, D-Camden, the primary sponsor.

“Having conversations with law enforcement, they refer to this as one of the triggers for road rage,” Norcross said Monday. “The fact of the matter is, it improves traffic safety, traffic flow.”

Norcross maintains violators tend to be drivers from other states who are not aware of New Jersey’s law.

He said $50 from each fine will go into a fund to pay for signs reminding motorists entering the Garden State to keep right except when overtaking another vehicle or preparing to make a left turn.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.