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Blocking Left Hand Lane

Q: When driving north on Hwy 97, the left hand turning lane into Wal-Mart is usually full of drivers trying to turn. Because there are so many vehicles trying to turn, the left hand driving lane is usually backed up to the Leckie Road intersection. I would like to know, if the left hand turning lane is full, what is the rule for the other drivers also trying to get into that lane? Are they allowed to block the left hand lane from traffic trying to head north?

A: There is no law that prohibits vehicles to wait in the median lane for the approaching left turn lane. However inconvenient, it is not against the law. I do advise residents to plan your trip in advance. I can only speak for myself but if I am aware that a potential delay may be present on a certain roadway then I take an alternative route. This stretch of Highway 97 has three lanes northbound so using the two other lanes when wishing to bypass the vehicles waiting to make a left turn is one course of action. Taking an alternative roadway is another avenue (Excuse the pun) to completing your trip by avoiding traffic congestion.

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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