Did you know that U-turns on the roadway are illegal in most circumstances?
2021-01-21 14:51 PST
There are some common traffic questions that police get asked on a regular basis. In an effort to educate motorists on the rules of the road, Burnaby RCMP Traffic Section will be providing traffic tips for the most common traffic questions they receive.
Did you know that in the Province of British Columbia, U-turns on the roadway are illegal in most circumstances?
U-turns are dangerous and illegal manoeuvres as they are an unexpected element in the normal flow of traffic. This sudden irregular movement may result in other motorists or pedestrians not having enough time to see or react to the vehicle conducting the U-turn, which can result in a motor vehicle collision.
British Columbia prohibits U-turns under the Motor Vehicle Act, Section 168, making U-turns illegal under the following circumstances:
- If the U-turn interferes with other traffic
- In a curve
- At the crest of a hill
- When a sign prohibits a U-turn
- At an intersection controlled by a Traffic Control Signal
- In a business district, except at an intersection where no traffic control signal is present
In the year 2020, the Burnaby RCMP Traffic Section stopped and spoke to 761 drivers that had made an illegal U-turn on Burnaby roadways. The typical responses our officers faced from these drivers were:
- I didn’t know it was illegal to do a U-turn
- There was no sign saying I could not do a U-turn
- My GPS told me to do a U-turn
We hope informed drivers will lead to safer roadways. U-turn violation tickets range between $121 and $167 and carry two demerit points.
Please share this information. It’s a much better and safer way to learn the rules of the road. Says Corporal Mike Kalanj of the Burnaby RCMP.
It could save you or someone you know from an accident, or a ticket.
Cpl. Michael KalanjMedia Relations Officer
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