New Jersey drivers encounter all kinds of turns when operating their vehicles. Too often, they make turns that are considered against the law. Are you familiar with the number of illegal turns that can be made in New Jersey? We challenge your knowledge.
Right Turn on Red
It is obvious that you should not turn on red if there is a sign that directs you not to do so. However, does that mean you can just blast through an intersection when your light is red? Absolutely not. According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, a turn on red requires special consideration. Your vehicle must first come to a complete stop. After you have safely checked the intersection, you may then proceed through the red light. We are happy to provide you with one other tip. If you are travelling in nearby New York City, avoid the right turns on red. Unless there is a specific sign authorizing you to do so, right turns are prohibited throughout the Big Apple.
New Jersey is the queen of jug handles. These useful traffic diversions serve two basic purposes. They make it easier to make a left turn without obstructing the flow of traffic. Jug handles are also a means of making a legal U-turn. This is not to say that U-turns are uniformly unacceptable in New Jersey. Some intersections even have signage permitting them. However, if you make a U-turn in a place that specifically prohibits one, you can surely expect a ticket. U-turns are also against the law when there is an obstructed view within 500 feet of the car attempting to make the U-turn.
Left hand turns
Left hand turns is a common cause of automobile accidents. They require the driver to take extreme caution that no one is entering their path as they attempt to turn. Sometimes accidents are caused when the vehicle travelling straight is travelling at an excessive rate of speed when someone proceeds to make the left hand turn. Since left hand turns are risky, we are reminded of an interesting mantra. Three rights will make a left. Keep this in mind the next time you are concerned about making a left turn.
Tickets may be issued for violations for any of these offenses. It is also important to make proper use of turn signals . Turning is an important part of driving and illegal turns are considered a moving violation. It is therefore imperative that you have competent legal representation to fight this type of infraction. For an immediate appointment to discuss your ticket, please contact us.