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Traffic Tip: Vehicles entering road from private driveway must yield

By By David Brogger
Sept. 22, 2013 at 4:22 a.m.


Watch out when leaving a private drive.

Recently, I have noticed an increase in motor vehicle crashes as a result of people failing to yield the right of way when exiting a private drive.

The most common reason for this is what I call "the nice guy." Let me give you an example.

You want to exit the Sonic Drive-In onto John Stockbauer Drive. You pull to the exit, and there are cars stopped for the light at Mockingbird Lane. The "nice guy" in the outside lane on John Stockbauer stops to let you in and waves you on. You exit, thinking that you've got it made.

Unknown to you, there is a car traveling on the inside lane who didn't know the "nice guy" let you in and never sees you exiting.

Boom! There is a crash, and guess whose fault it is?

Nope, not the "nice guy" or the guy driving on John Stockbauer - it's you.

Be aware that there are sometimes more lanes of traffic than the closest one to you when exiting a private drive.

For more information on this law, go to the Texas Transportation Code 545.155.

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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