Dear Cop - Arrows Mean Obey

On the east side of Orchard Park, there are two lanes exiting from Sears onto Dilworth Road. There is just a stop sign and white painted arrows on the malls exit lanes showing traffic direction. The curb lane has an arrow
showing you can turn right (south) onto Dilworth and the other lane has an arrow showing you can turn left (north) onto Dilworth.

Can you go straight through, across Dilworth into the opposite malls entrance from either lane, or do you have to follow the arrows painted on
the pavement on the malls exit lanes.

Direction arrows painted on the roadway are to be obeyed at all times. These arrows are considered traffic control devices and as such must be obeyed. Given the arrows you are writing about, a driver should only proceed in the direction of the arrows.

Obeying traffic controls
Section 125 of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that unless otherwise directed by a peace officer or a person authorized by a peace officer to direct traffic, every driver of a vehicle and every pedestrian must obey the instructions of an applicable traffic control device.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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