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Passing on the right: Still a safety concern

The illegal traffic movement of passing a vehicle on the right-hand side, when an appropriate bypass lane is not in place, continues to be a safety concern on area roadways, the Crow Wing County Highway Department is reminding the public.

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There can be tragic results to the traveling public and other users of the roadway. In 2009, 3-year-old Jack Larson was struck and killed in Merrifield by a man driving a minivan who illegally passed on the right of a line of vehicles stopped to allow a group of children to cross the road.

The illegal traffic movement of passing a vehicle on the right-hand side, when an appropriate bypass lane is not in place, continues to be a safety concern on area roadways, the Crow Wing County Highway Department is reminding the public.

Numerous agencies, including the highway department, Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and others are working to continually inform and educate the traveling public of the dangers of the maneuver.

Unless there is a fully constructed and identified bypass lane, it is illegal to utilize a right turn lane or shoulder to overtake a turning vehicle on the right-hand side. Of far greater concern than the illegality is the danger of doing so, the county states in a news release.

There can be tragic results to the traveling public and other users of the roadway. In 2009, 3-year-old Jack Larson was struck and killed in Merrifield by a man driving a minivan who illegally passed on the right of a line of vehicles stopped to allow a group of children to cross the road.

"It will take everyone's cooperation to understand and follow the law so tragic events ... do not occur again. They do not need to occur again," the release states.

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