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Sunday, January 30, 2011

COLUMN: Know when to turn on vehicle's headlights | SCNOW

Editorial:
An awful lot gets the better part of my patience. Always has and always will. One of my pet peeves is the left hand lane driver. It seems to me that the minute they hit a four lane highway they park themselves in the left lane of traffic and never relinquish it 'come hell or high water.'

Never mind the law... it wasn't written with them in mind...

See: SC LAW
ARTICLE 13.
DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY; OVERTAKING AND PASSING; FOLLOWING
SECTION 56-5-1810. Drive on the right side of roadways; exceptions.
(a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway except as follows:
1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement.
2. When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway. Any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance so as not to constitute an immediate hazard.
3. Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon.
4. Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.
(b) 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.
(c) Upon any roadway having four or more lanes for moving traffic and providing for two-way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of the center line of the roadway, except when authorized by official traffic-control devices designating certain lanes to the left side of the center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to use such lanes, or except as permitted under item 2 of subsection (a). This subsection shall not be construed as prohibiting the crossing of the center line in making a left turn into or from an alley, private road or driveway.
Then there is this article in the news recently: LINK

"The Law: S.C. Code of Laws Section 56-5-4450 indicates the following: every vehicle upon a street or highway within this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices, excluding parking lights, from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, and at any time when windshield wipers are in use as a result of rain, sleet or snow, or when inclement weather or environmental factors severely reduce the ability to clearly discern persons and vehicles on the street or highway at a distance of 500 feet.
Additional information regarding the type of approved lighting, number of lamps required, height from the ground, tail lights, etc. can be found in S.C. Code of Laws Sections 56-5-4490, 56-5-4500, 56-5-4510 and 56-5-4520."
Am I alone in thinking that somewhere, somehow, we have failed to require a 'working' knowledge of the do's and don't's contained in the SC Drivers Handbook for those seeking the privilege to drive on our highways?

But then again..... YOU COULD BE ONE OF THOSE 'PRIVILEGED' DRIVERS WHO THINK EVERYBODY ELSE CAN'T DRIVE!!!!!



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