Kansas drivers: Be aware of new laws

TOPEKA | Motorists in Kansas face some new rules of the road today as a pair of highway safety laws take effect.

One law applies only to multi-lane highways outside the limits of any city. If the highway has at least two lanes in each direction, drivers may use the far left lane only to pass another vehicle, prepare for a left turn or make room for an emergency vehicle.

The other new law applies to drivers of vehicles transporting nonhazardous materials. If they’re involved in a non-injury accident, they’re to move to the shoulder or the nearest exit.

The Kansas Highway Patrol notes that for a year, violating either new law will result in a warning ticket. On July 1, 2010, motorists will face a $60 fine.