Lawmakers in New Mexico have advanced legislation that would require semi trucks to stay in the right lane, with exceptions.

Last Wednesday, the New Mexico State Senate approved Senate Bill 174 by a 33-5 vote.

The bill was introduced by Sen. George Munoz.

The bill would require that “a truck tractor attached to a freight trailer operated on the interstate highway system and outside the boundaries of a municipality shall drive in the right-hand lane except when overtaking another vehicle or approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle or a recovery or repair vehicle displaying flashing emergency or hazard lights.”

Munoz says that the bill is intended to cut down on traffic delays, particularly on I-40.

Failure to remain in the right lane would result in a $200 fine.

Following approval by the New Mexico State Senate, the bill moves forward to the House.

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