Watch Where You Turn

You are sitting in your car at an intersection with two left-turning lanes waiting to turn left onto another multi-lane street. When the light turns green, you start to make your turn and side-slip into the lane to your right.  After you finish making your turn, you get pulled over by a police officer.  He charges you with “improper left turn”.  What happened?

To make this situation easier to follow, let us call the left turning lane closest to the center line “Lane 1”.  The left turning lane to the immediate right of the Lane 1, we will call “Lane 2”.

If your vehicle is starting the turn in Lane 1, you must end your turn on Lane 1 of the new street.  If your vehicle is starting the turn in Lane 2, you must end your turn on Lane 2 of the new street.1 The diagram below illustrates this.

Left Turn in Multi Turn Lanes

 

The same rules apply when you are making right-hand turns.2

If, while turning, you side-slip your vehicle from Lane 1 to Lane 2, you run the risk of a collision by side-swiping another vehicle. You may face a fine of $110 and have two  demerit points added to your driving record. Although you may not have been convicted, your insurance company may raise your insurance cost. (Insurance Increase)

 

NOTES

Highway Traffic Act, RSO 1990, c H.8, s. 141

1.             (7)  Left turn, where muliple lanes

… where more than one lane of a highway has been designated as a left-turn lane, the driver or operator of a vehicle intending to turn to the left into an intersecting highway shall approach the intersection in one of the lanes and leave the intersection in the lane of the intersecting highway that corresponds to the lane from which the turn was commenced.

2.           (3)  Right turn, where multiple lanes

… where more than one lane of a highway has been designated as a right-turn lane, the driver or operator of a vehicle intending to turn to the right into an intersecting highway shall approach the intersection in one of the lanes and leave the intersection in the lane of the intersecting highway that corresponds to the lane from which the turn was commenced.

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