1997 Regular Session
To: Highways and Transportation
By: Senator(s) Farris
Senate Bill 2578
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-3-603, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE SIGNS TO BE ERECTED ALONG MULTI-LANED ROADWAYS DIRECTING SLOW-MOVING TRAFFIC TO USE A DESIGNATED LANE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 63-3-603, Mississippi Code of 1972, is
amended as follows:
63-3-603. Whenever any roadway has been divided into three
(3) or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, except through or
bypassing a municipality, the following rules in addition to all
others consistent herewith shall apply:
(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical
entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such
lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
(b) A vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane
upon a roadway which is divided into three (3) lanes except when:
(i) Overtaking and passing another vehicle where
the roadway is clearly visible and such center lane is clear of
traffic within a safe distance;
(ii) Such vehicle is in preparation for a left
(iii) Such center lane is at the time allocated
exclusively to traffic moving in the direction such vehicle is
proceeding and is signposted to give notice of such allocation.
(c) Official signs shall be erected directing
slow-moving traffic to use a designated lane or allocating
specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction, and
drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such sign.
(d) 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, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, 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.
(e) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not
ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of
roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons
riding two (2) abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable
movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from
and after July 1, 1997.