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Behind-the-Wheel

Dear Cop - Turning Left

Something I have often wondered about it is when you are turning left onto a two lane road, like Highway 97 for example, you turn left into the left hand lane of the highway, then you signal and move over to the right lane if that's where you want to be. I constantly find that when I do this the vehicle behind me just swings directly into the right hand lane instead of the left, you then have your blinker on to move to the right, but the other vehicle is already there. If they stayed in the left hand lane and then moved over to the right, they would be behind you instead of finding them beside you. I find this extremely annoying, but am I wrong in thinking that the two lane swing is incorrect?

A driver making a left turn onto a multi lane roadway is not permitted to turn left directly into the lanes closest to the curb. In order to move to lanes closer to the curb a driver is required to make a proper lane change after turning left into the proper lane.

The RCMP enforce this law on a regular basis. Left turn into wrong lane carries a fine of $109 & 3 points.

Turning at intersections
Section 165 (2) of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that when the driver of a vehicle intends to turn it to the left at an intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each highway entering the intersection, the driver must
(a) cause the vehicle to approach the intersection in the portion of the right side of the roadway that is nearest the marked center line, or if there is no marked center line, then as far as practicable in the portion of the right half of the roadway that is nearest the center line,
(b) keep the vehicle to the right of the marked center line or center line of the roadway, as the case may be, at the place the highway enters the intersection,
(c) after entering the intersection, turn the vehicle to the left so that it leaves the intersection to the right of the marked center line of the roadway being entered, or if there is no marked center line then to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered.

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


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About the Author

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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