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Traffic Tip: Turning at intersections

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.


By Julian Huerta

This week's traffic law is found in the Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.101. Turning at intersection.

How to make a right turn:

1. Well ahead of the turning point, signal for a lane change and when it is safe, move your vehicle to the far right lane.

2. Begin right turn signal, and start slowing down at least 100 feet from the corner.

3. Look both ways before starting to turn.

4. Keep as close as possible to the right edge of the road. Turn using both hands on the wheel.

How to make a left turn:

1. Well ahead of the turning point, signal for a lane change and when it is safe, move close to the center lane.

2. Begin left turn signal and start slowing down at least 100 feet from the corner.

3. Look in all directions carefully before starting to turn. Stay to the right of the centerline as you enter the intersection. Yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.

4. Complete the turn to the right of the centerline of the road into which you are turning by entering the lane in which you will interfere the least with other traffic.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law? This week, it's to educate, as always, and to settle a debate between a couple of husbands and wives calling and asking about turning right and left at intersections. The wives who called in were both correct in their understanding of the law. Sorry guys.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Ju lian Huerta, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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