Question: When you are traveling at the speed limit in the left-hand HOV lane and someone comes up behind you and follows you very closely like they want you to move over so they can get by, legally, what are you supposed to do?
• Move to the right into the regular fast lane and let the other vehicle pass and then move back into the HOV lane.
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• Or stay in the HOV lane. The other vehicle needs to move over into the regular fast lane if he wants to pass you.
— Bob Lutschg, Gig Harbor
Answer: You’re under no legal obligation to move over for the guy on your tail when you’re in an HOV lane, and your reluctance is understandable, considering you would have to merge into traffic that might be moving faster than you are.
Even so, law enforcement officials suggest you do get out of the speeder’s way — cautiously — for the sake of everybody’s safety.
“There is no law requiring either vehicle to change lanes in such a situation, and you do not have a legal obligation to do so,” said trooper Guy Gill, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.
“However, I suggest that it’s usually best for the slower vehicle in the HOV lane to move over — when it’s safe to do so,” Gill said. “This allows the aggressive driver by and could prevent a road-rage incident.
“One of our main focuses is targeting aggressive drivers. Let them by and let us worry about them from that point forward.”