On this Traffic Tuesday we cover the proper way of turning at an intersection.

As you drive around the city you will see cars making turns from one roadway onto another.  Is there a proper lane to turn into when turning?  The answer is yes.

Florida Statute 316.151 - Required position and method of turning at intersections.

  1. The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do as follows:

a. Right Turn. - Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

b. Left Turn. - the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle, and, after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection in a lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered.  

What does this really mean?

If a driver is going to make a right turn, the vehicle should be turning from the right lane of the roadway it is currently on unless there are two right turn lanes. The vehicle needs to turn into the lane closest to the curb.

If a driver is going to make a left turn, the vehicle should be turning from a lane designated as a left turn lane or lane which allows left turns to be made. The vehicle should turn into the extreme-left hand lane or median lane.

The picture below illustrates how to turn properly. Now you know the law and what it means.  Drive safe!!!

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About the Author:

Master Sergeant Patrick O'Grady is a 24 year veteran of law enforcement, assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. He serves as a Public Affairs Officer for the Cape Coral Police Department and oversees the Public Affairs Office and the Planning and Research Unit.

Master Sergeant O’Grady has previously served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, DUI Officer, Drug Recognition Expert and a Traffic Homicide Investigator. He has also served as a supervisor in the Patrol Bureau over district officers and the Field Training and Evaluation Program. Master Sergeant O’Grady has served in the Special Operations Bureau as a supervisor of the Nighttime Traffic Unit and Major Crash Investigators. He is an instructor for the Cape Coral Police Department on several different topic areas and holds several certifications. Master Sergeant O’Grady holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Hodges University.

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