When it comes to the rules on the road, if you drive too long in the left lane on the freeway it could cost you.
KENNEWICK, WA - When it comes to the rules on the road, if you drive too long in the left lane on the freeway it could cost you.
Wednesday, Jane Sander rode along with the Washington State Patrol to catch drivers making the common mistake of lingering in the left lane.
Don't stay in the left lane too long and only use it for passing or else you could be the driver making their way right and this time for a ticket.
"If you're driving in the left lane and you're not passing and there's no one next to you, you need to move over to the right lane. If there is somebody next to, you need to speed up to get ahead of them without going above the posted speed limit or slow down to get behind them to keep that left lane clear," said Trooper David Brandt.
Trooper Brandt pulled over several drivers Wednesday and we asked them if they knew they needed to stay right.
"Yes I do," said one driver.
Another driver said, "Yeah. Yeah. Basically yes. I just wasn't really saying attention. I've had a really bad day so far."
If you do get a ticket.. It's pricey.
"It's a $124 violation, which could also, if you're in that left lane and talking on your cell phone or you're not paying attention, it could potentially be a negligent driving ticket, which would be a $550 violation.," Brandt said.
Both drivers say they learned their lesson to stay in the right lane unless they're passing.
Trooper Brandt gave these drivers a warning because they agreed to do interviews with NBC Right Now.
The drivers that were interviewed by Jane Sander got out of a ticket because they served as teachers for our viewers. But troopers will give you a ticket if you don't stay right and make room for passing cars and emergency vehicles.