Jeremy Thurman on August 5, 2014
In the news this week, Oklahomans are talking about whether it’s legal to turn right on red if there are two turn lanes and you’re in the left-most lane.
The answer? The Oklahoman’s Don Gammill says yes. However, you must first be sure that there are no signs that specify that you cannot do a right-turn on red from that lane in that location. Second, the traffic says that if you do turn from the left-hand right-turn lane, you are supposed to turn into the right-most lane on the road onto which you’re turning. That means that instead of staying in your lane (if you’re turning from two lanes into two lanes), you would leave your lane and move to the inner right lane in traffic. This means that you have to be certain that there is not a driver in the lane to your right who is doing the same thing. It also means that you must always:
There are lots of things we all assume we know when it comes to traffic laws and regulations, but some might be more complex than you thought. Here’s a refresher on some common Oklahoma traffic situations you might come across while out on the local roads and highways:
Signs that tell the driver to “yield” and to “stop” are two different things. If you’re facing a stop sign, it means that your vehicle must come to a full stop before you proceed through the intersection, and that the vehicles going the other direction have the right-of-way, which means that you must allow them to go first. If you’re at an intersection with an all-way stop sign, that means that you would allow the driver to your right to proceed first. In other words, the general rule of thumb is that if you arrive at an intersection at the same time as another driver, you would yield to the driver on the right.
But, if you’re facing a yield sign, that’s a different story. A yield sign doesn’t necessarily require a full stop. Rather, it means that you must be prepared to stop if another driver is approaching to allow that driver the right-of-way.
According to SafeMotorist.com, while the law doesn’t specifically give someone the right-of-way in a particular situation, it tells you when you must yield the right-of-way to someone else — another motorist, pedestrian or cyclist. Here are situations where you must yield the right-of-way:
Never assume that another motorist will yield the right-of-way to you. Try to anticipate other drivers’ actions. To avoid crashes, it’s usually a good idea to give up the right-of-way if necessary, and also to attempt to make eye contact with other drivers in you’re not sure. It’s always best to be courteous and conscientious.
Of course, there are conditions like wintry weather that can make roads unsafe, and speeding is always unsafe, but we at McIntyre Law P.C. hope that you and your loved ones will use good judgment and always drive with the utmost care. If you do become injured as a result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, call us for a free consultation. We can help.