Traffic Tip: Center turn lane should not be used for merging

Motorists may not use the center turn lane as their merging lane.

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 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.

For more on this law, see the Texas Transportation Code Section 545.060.

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.