Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wide Turns At Intersections Increase Traffic Accidents

Making an illegal wide-turn is a traffic violation which causes a lot of accidents on our roadways at all hours of the day and night.

The law requires drivers to make a right-hand turn "as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. It also states "left turns are to be to the left of the center of the intersection, and any left turn "shall be made so as to leave the intersection . . . in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the same direction."

A wide turn violation occurs when someone turning right fails to turn into the extreme right-hand lane, and when someone turning left fails to turn into the extreme left-hand lane. Once the turn is complete, people are free to change into another lane provided they signal their lane change at least 100 feet before doing so, and provided the lane change can be made safely.

Drivers that fail to stay in their lanes during turns or that make wide turns (right or left) at intersections cause accidents and may receive a citation for the wide turn.