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Committing Improper Turns at Signalized Intersections

As we have discussed, intersections can be very dangerous places. Unfortunately, living in Las Vegas, they generally cannot be avoided when out running errands or as part of your commute. Your best course of defense is being aware of the laws that are in place, which can help make car accidents and injuries less likely to occur. In addition to signaling before making turns and coming to a complete stop at red lights, it is also important to be aware that many intersections have restrictions on making certain types of turns. Reviewing these laws can help to avoid getting a traffic ticket, while also helping to keep you and those you love safe. Of course, if you are involved in an accident, a Las Vegas car accident attorney can be an advocate as you recover for your damages.

Following Instructions for Turns at Intersections

Under the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 484B.303) where it discusses the rules and regulations regarding traffic signals, there are special provisions for those that prohibit making left or right turns. These types of signals may be used on streets or highways in which there is heavier than average traffic congestion or multiple lanes of fast moving traffic a driver would have to get across. Failing to obey these signals can result in heavy fines and points on your license, which are often more severe if the infraction occurs near a work zone or in designated pedestrian safety areas.

In some cases, a driver’s intention may not be to break the law. The fact is that signals in intersections where certain types of turns are prohibited can be confusing, even for experienced drivers.

The Nevada Driver Handbook provides information on the types of colored lights you might encounter and how you should proceed to stay in accordance with local and state traffic laws:

  • Red Flashing Light: This indicates that you must come to a complete stop and may only proceed with a turn when traffic is clear.
  • Yellow Light: This means you should proceed with caution. If you are already in the intersection when this light appears, continue moving. Otherwise, stop and wait.
  • Red Arrow: This means you must stop and that you cannot make the turn you intend to until the light changes. Usually, this indicates opposing traffic has the right of way.
  • Yellow Arrow: This indicates the signal is about to change and you should clear the intersection. Avoid speeding up to catch it before it changes, as this significantly increases the risk for a collision.
  • Flashing Yellow Arrow: This means you can make your turn, but must first yield to oncoming traffic.
  • Green Arrow: While green means you are good to go and make your turn, be sure to look out for and yield to any pedestrians that may be in nearby crosswalks.  

If you see a traffic sign stating that turns are prohibited, simply continue on driving rather than taking the risk. More than likely, there will be a chance for you to eventually turn further up the road.  

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