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Traffic Tip: A lesson in using your turning signals

By By David Brogger
Dec. 8, 2013 at 6:08 a.m.


This week's traffic tip is about Texas Transportation Code 545.104.

Signaling turns; use of turn signals: (a) An operator shall use the signal authorized by Section 545.106 to indicate an intention to turn, change lanes or start from a parked position.

(b) An operator intending to turn a vehicle right or left shall signal continuously for not less than the last 100 feet of movement of the vehicle before the turn.

(c) An operator may not light the signals on only one side of the vehicle on a parked or disabled vehicle or use the signals as a courtesy or "do pass" signal to the operator of another vehicle approaching from the rear.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

I have seen an increase in drivers failing to signal lane changes and/or turns. I wanted to remind everyone of the law regarding the use of turn signals when doing so. Signaling your movements makes other drivers aware of your intentions and helps to prevent crashes.

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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