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The Vermont Statutes Online

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Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : Operation of Vehicles

Subchapter 003 : Use of Roadway

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1035)
  • § 1035. Limitations

    (a) A vehicle shall not be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle or a vulnerable user proceeding in the same direction unless authorized by the provisions of this chapter and unless the left side is clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic and vulnerable users for a sufficient distance ahead to permit overtaking and passing to be completed without interfering with the operation of any vehicle or with any vulnerable user approaching from the opposite direction, or with the operation of any vehicle or with any vulnerable user overtaken. In every event, the overtaking vehicle shall return to an authorized lane of travel as soon as practicable and, if the passing movement involves the use of a lane authorized for vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, before coming within 200 feet of any approaching vehicle or a vulnerable user.

    (b) A vehicle shall not pass another from the rear under any of the following conditions:

    (1) when approaching or upon the crest of a grade or upon a curve in the highway where the driver’s view is in any way obstructed;

    (2) when approaching within 100 feet of, or traversing, any intersection or railroad grade crossing unless otherwise indicated by official traffic control devices; or

    (3) when the view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct, or tunnel.

    (c) The foregoing limitations do not apply upon a one-way roadway, or when subdivision 1031(a)(2) of this title applies, or where a vehicle is turning left into an alley, private road, or driveway. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 1995, No. 73 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2015, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), § 40.)