Wyoming law authorizes speeding while passing

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 3/26/2012

Truckers driving through Wyoming may soon notice an increase in the number of motorists who zip past them on highways.

Gov. Matt Mead signed into law a bill to allow passenger vehicles, motorcycles and pickups to hammer down while passing other vehicles. It takes effect July 1, 2012.

Previously HB21, the new law permits motorists to surpass the speed limit by as much as 10 mph to overtake trucks and other vehicles traveling below the posted speed on two-lane roads. The leeway will apply only to roads with speed limits of at least 50 mph.

Passing vehicles are required to return to the right hand lane and slow to the posted limit as soon as possible.

Construction zones are not included.

Supporters said it is a safety hazard for vehicles to get caught behind a slow-moving vehicle. They said the rule change will help to keep traffic flowing.

Motorists found to be traveling in excess of the 10 mph leeway provided would face the same penalties as normal. Ticket revenue would be routed to the local county school fund.

The new law specifies that the Wyoming Department of Transportation report to lawmakers in one year about any problems with implementation of the rule or enforcement.

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