Sharpen Your Skills with the January Driving Quiz - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/24/05

Sharpen Your Skills with the January Driving Quiz

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Drive down a Texas highway and you're likely to see this sign. "Left lane for passing only." But some drivers will stay in the left lane which brings us to the first question.

True or False: It is legal to drive faster in the far left lane on a divided highway than in any other lane.

The answer is false. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "There is no such thing as a fast lane. The speed limit is the same no matter what lane you drive in. The left lane is for passing a slower vehicle. In fact, you should stay in the right lane, unless you are passing a slower moving vehicle." When "Left lane for passing only" signs are posted, violators can be fined up to $200 for impeding traffic.

Something that definitely impedes traffic is drunk drivers. Safety experts say there is a two in five chance that sometime in your life you will be involved in an alcohol related crash.

What is the best defense against drunk drivers?

A. Driving in the far left lane
B. Wearing a safety belt
C. Driving with your lights on.

The correct answer is B., wearing your safety belt. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "If an intoxicated driver hits you, you're much less likely to get injured or killed if you're buckled up. You won't get thrown from your vehicle and the crumple zone of the vehicle itself may protect you." In Texas, nearly half of all traffic fatalities in 2002 involved drunk drivers.

It's speed not drinking that is the leading cause of all traffic crashes in Texas.

True or False: Drivers can be ticketed for driving at or below the posted speed limit.

The answer is true. DPS Trooper Wilson says, "We can give you a ticket for driving the posted speed limit when road conditions make it unsafe to do so. The violation is called unsafe speed. And whether it's because of rain, fog, ice or even heavy traffic, always adjust your speed based on conditions." Don't forget, posted highway speed limits are slower at night than in the day-time.

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