North Dakota HB 1199 – Following a motor vehicle too closely

Bill No.:
HB 1199
Bill Location:
North DakotaAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Following a motor vehicle too closely

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UPDATE April 9, 2019: Signed by Governor into law.

UPDATE April 5, 2019: Returned to House which passed the bill in an 85 to 2 vote. The Senate President signed the bill as did the House Speaker. HB 1199 has been sent to the Governor.

UPDATE March 25, 2019: Second reading in Senate, passed as amended, yeas 42 nays 3

UPDATE February 18, 2019: First reading in the Senate; referred to Joint Transportation Committee.

HB 1199, a bill to amend and reenact section 39-10-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to following a motor vehicle too closely, was assigned to the Joint Transportation Committee. The Committee passed the bill on to the full House for a vote that was 91 to 2 in favor, with 1 abstention. HB 1199 was passed to the Senate on January 30, 2019 where it is awaiting action.

The bill requires the driver of a motor vehicle to not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway. It also requires the driver of a vehicle to leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger.

Adequate spacing between vehicles traveling at speed is important to avoid instances of tailgating, which is an unsafe practice. The benefits of Lane Courtesy, the act of keeping right on multi-lane highways in order to allow faster traffic to pass, are also dependent upon proper vehicle spacing to allow merging back into the right lane when the act of passing is completed.

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