NJ Failure to Keep Right Lawyer

When driving, we are required to stay in the right most lane, unless passing another motorist.  This is codified in N.J.S.A. 39:4–82, reproduced in full below.  If you have been charged with a failure to keep right ticket, or any traffic ticket, call today to speak with a NJ Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer.


What are the Penalties?

If you were only cited one ticket for failing to keep right, the penalties could be:

  • Fines + Court Costs;
  • 2 Motor Vehicle Points;
  • Insurance Premium Increases.


How can a Lawyer Help?

There are many things an experienced New Jersey traffic ticket defense attorney can do to help.  Our first goal is to completely defeat the charges and find any defenses.  These might include technical defenses such as the fact that in the particular circumstance you couldn’t safely keep right, that you were indeed passing another vehicle, or that an officer could not have been in a position to witness the alleged offense.

Other times it is best to negotiate a deal with the prosecutor.  An experienced New Jersey Traffic Lawyer stands a far better chance of coming away with a beneficial arrangement than a regular citizen.  The benefits of this may include, no or diminished points, reduced fines, and even saving a defendant’s license when it would otherwise be suspended.

For a free consultation, please see our contact page, or call a NJ Traffic Defense Attorney today at 201-943-2445.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is New Jersey’s Failure to Keep Right law?

The following is a copy of N.J.S.A. 39:4-82:    

"Upon all highways of sufficient width, except upon one-way streets, the driver of a vehicle shall drive it on the right half of the roadway. He shall drive a vehicle as closely as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, unless it is impracticable to travel on that side of the roadway, and except when overtaking and passing another vehicle subject to the provisions of sections 39:4-84 and 39:4-85 of this Title

What is the difference between failing to yield and failing to keep right?

In effect, both these tickets can charged on the same fact pattern.  One requires you to stay to the right generally, except when passing another vehicle.  The other requires you to move out of the way for a vehicle trying to pass you.

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