You’re following your GPS, trying to drive safely on the road and locate your destination. For some reason you missed the spot you were supposed to turn and instead kept driving down the road. You know you have to turn around but the now you realize you need to drive a couple miles before you find an exit to properly turn back around. Next thing you know you’re looking around to see if you can pull a U-turn. You think the coast is clear so you make a quick U-turn and get onto the other side of the road. Unfortunately, the red and blue lights are flashing behind you and you’ve been caught making an illegal U-turn in New York.
This temporary lapse in judgment now cost you the time you were trying to save making that turn and now you are looking at a day in court with points on your license and a fine. Article 28 of New York’s Vehicle & Traffic Law covers turning and U-turn infractions. Namely section 1160-(e) involves improper U-turns where a first offense is $150 fine, $93 surcharge and 2 points on your license. The fines increase to $300 for a second offense and $450 for a third offense within 18 months.
What Are The Basic Regulations When Making Turns In New York?
For U-Turns remember:
- U-turns should always be made from the furthermost left lane and into the furthermost left lane when it is permissible by law. Always looks to see if there are any signs that are posted.
For Right turns remember:
- Drivers should approach and make a right turn as close as practicably possible to the right hand curb
- Remember to always use your turn signals at least 100 feet before making the right turn.
- At the traffic signal, if you are able to turn right on red remember to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.
For Left turns remember:
- Check for any signs that might prohibit you from making a left turn.
- Unless you have a green left-turn arrow indicating you can make the left turn, you must yiel to oncoming traffic at a traffic signal.
- Also, remember to use your turn signal at least 100 feet before making the left turn.
Should I Hire An Attorney?
At the very least you should consult with an attorney to see whether you should fight your ticket. Moving infractions can have a major impact on your license and insurance rates. If you have received a traffic ticket for making an improper turn or U-turn call The Rosenblum Law Firm today and find out how our team of skilled NY traffic ticket attorneys can help you fight your ticket. We have represented thousands of clients over the years and have saved clients from losing their license and hundreds of dollars in fines and increases to their insurance.