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Traffic Tip: Signaling turns, use of turn signals

By Zac De La Rosa
June 30, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.


Sec. 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.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

The use of turn signals are often taken for granted by drivers, but not using them may lead to serious accidents. By using your turn signal at least 100 feet from the intended turn, you are giving other drivers around your vehicle ample time to prepare to slow down or adjust to your movement. Drivers may at some point or another become distracted by something in their own vehicle, other cars, or pedestrians, and may not be prepared to take evasive action if you decide to make a turn without signaling. Please make sure everyone around you knows what you are intending to do before you do it.

The Victoria Police Department reminds you to drive safe, and obey all the traffic laws. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Patrol Officer Zac De La Rosa, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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