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Traffic Tip: Driving on roadway laned for traffic

By By David Brogger
Sept. 15, 2012 at 4:15 a.m.


This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code.

Sec. 545.060. Driving on roadway laned for traffic. (a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic:

(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane; and

(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can be made safely.

(b) If a roadway is divided into three lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, an operator on the roadway may not drive in the center lane except:

(1) if passing another vehicle and the center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance;

(2) in preparing to make a left turn; or

(3) where the center lane is designated by an official traffic-control device for movement in the direction in which the operator is moving.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

Too many times daily, I see people using the left turn lane only as their "entrance" to a busy street. The main place I see this is on Navarro Street. People exiting a side street or private drive are too impatient to wait for an opening in traffic so they pull into the center turn lane and wait for their opportunity. This is not only illegal but also dangerous. There have been many traffic crashes caused by people using the center turn lane to wait for an open lane, or even worse, as their acceleration lane. Ways to avoid this are to simply leave a few minutes early or take another route.

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

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, at 361-485-3700.

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