Traffic Tips: One-Way Roadways and Rotary Traffic Islands

By Sgt. Julian Huerta

(a) The Texas Transportation Commission may designate a highway or separate roadway under the jurisdiction of the commission for one-way traffic and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice of the designation.

(b) On a roadway that is designated and on which signs are erected for one-way traffic, an operator shall drive only in the direction indicated.

(c) An operator moving around a rotary traffic island shall drive only to the right of the island.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

Because it's a driving hazard to other motorist, you have to be aware that driving against the flow of traffic is dangerous and must not be done. If you don't you may cause a crash and or receive a citation for this violation of the law.

One very important aspect of traffic enforcement is correcting driver errors and preventing those errors from causing crashes. Unfortunately a warning for a traffic violation is not the most effective tool in some cases as some motorist are bothered by the traffic stop, and do not understand the reason for the stop even after some explanation. These people are the ones that will continue their driving behavior and they are also, the ones that are deserving of the citations they receive for the lack of compliance and observance of other drivers on the roadway other than themselves.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.