VTL 1128(a), Moved From Lane Unsafely

You may at some point in your life have heard the term “stay in your lane”. In life and definitely on the road, it is a good idea to do so. Failure to do so can lead to unnecessary problems and occasional traffic tickets.

VTL 1128-a concerns this phenomenon. The section concerns the unsafe movement from a lane. It applies on roads that have more than one road designated for traffic. It also applies on shared roads where one lane is headed in one direction of traffic and the other is headed opposite. The language is brief and to the point:

“Driving on roadways laned for traffic. Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply:
(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”

A ticket for Moved From Lane Unsafely is not one of the most common violations cited. It is often issued as an add-on to other tickets, like speeding. We have seen many such tickets issued subsequent to an accident. Though it is easily avoidable, it is not a minor violation. Unfortunately, this ticket will result in three points on your license and a fine of up to $243, inclusive of the mandatory New York State surcharge. With the high likelihood that this ticket was issued alongside other tickets, these points and driver assessment fees can quickly stack up.

The good news is that there are some strong defenses to this charge. Our firm is usually able to get these tickets reduced to parking tickets or dismissed entirely. We are a New York traffic ticket law firm as we practice across the entire state, from Amherst to Brooklyn. Our attorneys can help with an 1128(a) ticket as long as it was issued in New York State. Contact us at your convenience. Consultations are free.

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