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Safety Tip: When Passing Isn’t Safe

August 20, 2017

Photo of Colorado roadway courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of Colorado roadway courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Before preparing to pass another vehicle, a driver needs to be sure the maneuver isn’t about to interfere with oncoming traffic or the vehicle being passing. Safe passing requires both patience and sound judgment.

The Idaho Transportation Department warns drivers to never pass while driving in or approaching these areas:

  • Hills, curves or other obstructions on two-lane roads that prevent you from seeing oncoming vehicles that might pose a hazard
  • Within 100 feet of an intersection, unless otherwise indicated by traffic-control devices
  • Within 100 feet of a railroad crossing, unless otherwise indicated by traffic-control devices
  • Within 100 feet of a bridge or tunnel when the view is obstructed
  • When a school bus is stopped to load or unload passengers
  • When a vehicle ahead of you has stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk to let a pedestrian cross
  • When you must go off the pavement or roadway to pass.

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