As everyone knows, Left Hand Turns can be the most dangerous maneuver done in a vehicle. You are attempting to turn in front of on-coming traffic and if your judgment is off or your view is somehow altered, it could end in a very horrific situation. Left hand turns have shown time and time again, that they are far more dangerous than anything else out there as far as vehicles are concerned. So what can you do if you are needing to make a left turn? Below are some tips in order to help you.
When making a left turn:
- Yield the right of way to other traffic.
- Signal for the turn at least 150 feet in advance of the intersection will be turning on.
- Make sure there are no other vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles or pedestrians in your path.
- Be ready to yield to anyone in the crosswalk (this is key).
- Allow plenty of time to maneuver your vehicle from a stopped position across the traffic lanes.
- Begin turning when your vehicle’s front wheels are in line with the center of the street you are entering. If you are turning from a one-way street into another one-way street, begin your turn when the curb begins to curve.
- If you want to turn left at a traffic light that does not have a left-turn arrow, consider continuing through and make three right turns around the block, and then use the traffic light to go straight across.
What does that mean? That means, if you are turning left, MAKE SURE any other vehicles in the area are going to stop before you start your turn.
Also: Notice that the statute makes no reference to color of the light? Correct. Under AZ law, if you are turning left at an intersection, with cars approaching that might "present an immediate hazard" to your path of travel, you MUST yield---regardless of the color of the light.
Keep in mind--if no witnesses, and you are the left turner, you will likely get the ticket due to a violation of ARS Section 28-772.
Be aware. Be informed. Be safe.