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Is it legal to back up on a freeway if you miss your exit?
Are there any laws regarding this issue?
When is it legal to back up on a freeway if you miss your exit?
The quick answer is NO. You are in fact going in the wrong direction when backing up regardless of the direction your vehicle is pointed. It also is normally illegal to stop on a ‘freeway unless it is an emergency.
In a marked area, drivers must maintain forward driving. If you back up on a shoulder or roadway of a highway, you could face penalties. Backing up on a freeway is any backward movement in an area where forward motion is only allowed. Backing up could cause significant injuries, or death, to other drivers who do not expect this movement. While not a specific law in many states, backed up on the shoulder or roadway of a highway is a moving violation.
Fines And Penalties:
Backing up on the shoulder or roadway may warrant the issuing of a moving violation charge. Fines may occur. Some state fines are as low as $50 while others are much higher. As a moving violation, any significant damage done to another vehicle could warrant additional penalties and points.
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