BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’ve been spending less time behind the wheel thanks to the Labor Day holiday, there are some changes on Alabama roads that have just got into effect that you need to know about.
On Sunday, the first phase of Alabama’s new gas tax went into effect with a 6-cent hike. There will be another hike of 2 cents in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
Two new laws have also been implemented on Alabama roadways. One new law will make it mandatory that all occupants of a vehicle, no matter age their age, be retrained by a seat belt. The law includes adults in the backseat.
According to Alabama State Troopers, the Anti-Road Rage Act primarily applies to Alabama interstates. The law requires that drivers use the left lane for passing, only allowing motorists to travel in the left lane for 1.5 miles in order to pass slower drivers. Then, they have to move back into the middle or right lanes–except in cases of congestion, construction, weather, and left exits.
Troopers said that they will be issuing warnings for the first 90-day grace period.