While you may have covered U-turns in your driving journey, this is a driving maneuver that really needs to be practiced behind the wheel. Nevertheless, it`s still helpful to have an idea of what you need to do. That`s why we`ve outlined the do`s and don`ts for you. Keep in mind that some of the rules for U-turns vary by state. The previous column answered a question from R.B. about U-turns on Bernard Street in downtown Spokane. According to the provisions of Washington State law, this sentence is allowed. Although Spokane`s municipal code often mimics state law word for word, there are exceptions. As for U-turns, two emails from readers reminded me of this. First, A.J. noticed that he had received a ticket from Spokane police for a U-turn on Driscoll Boulevard. He went to court and used state laws as a defense, expecting it to be legal. There, he found that the Spokane Code contains an article that prohibits U-turns in certain neighborhoods and arteries.
While Articles 1 and 2 contain text identical to state law (no vehicles, safety, no curves, etc.), Spokane added an Article 3 that went into effect on January 1, 2009. The Town of Spokane`s “Addendum” reads as follows: “3. It is illegal for the driver of a vehicle to turn around at any location on a city street in the congested neighbourhood or on a traffic artery outside the congested neighbourhood, unless approved by the Highway Superintendent and the road has been properly displayed. U-turns are legal if they are made at an intersection with other streets in the city. This weekly column deals with the dissipation of knowledge, and sometimes I am the beneficiary of this training. Meine Kolumne vom 23. Mai investigated the authorized U-turns in Washington and Idaho. In summary, such curves are legal under certain conditions, such as when no vehicle comes in one direction within 500 feet, the safety of the maneuver and the absence of curves, inclinations or the prohibition of signalling (sections 1 and 2 of RCW 46.61.265).
The Law of the City of Spokane, to which he drew my attention, prohibits U-turns in an “overloaded district” in Section 3 of the text, which has been added to Sections 1 and 2 of the State Act. He also referred to a second regulation defining “congested territory”. That`s a lot of text, but valuable to understand if you want to turn around in Spokane or end up in the traffic court for it. It also makes it illegal to turn bernard street suggested by reader R.B. Turning around means turning your car 180 degrees on a road that leads in the opposite direction. Drivers turn around to return in the direction they entered. And the “congested district” is the area bounded as follows: “To the north by the Spokane River; To the west by the west line of Adams Street; To the south, across the south line of Third Avenue from the west line of Adams Street to the east line of Washington Street; and by the north line of the various viaducts of the Burlington Northern Railway Company, from the east line of Washington Street to the east line of Division Street; To the east, across the Washington Street east line, from the Third Avenue south line to the north line of the Burlington Northern Railway Company viaduct, and across the East line of Division Street, from the north line of the Burlington Northern Railway Company viaduct to the Spokane River. The crowded neighbourhood also includes Monroe Street, from Main Avenue to Mallon Avenue; on both sides of Riverside, Sprague and First Avenue, from Adams Street to Cedar Street; and on both sides of Cedar Street from Sprague Avenue to the north line of the Burlington Northern Railway Company Viaduct. Readers can contact Bill Love by email at email@example.com. The signs will help you understand when it is okay to turn around. You should NOT turn around in the following circumstances: How to turn back? To pass a U-turn, you need to follow a few steps. There you go! That`s all there is to it.
Be sure to train a lot, preferably at times of low traffic when there are few cars around. You`ll be an expert in no time! The other email from R.R., a retired judge, went into more detail. He agreed that the law is little known to the travelling public, as illustrated by several violations committed in his court. His detailed note was a good indication that sometimes additional wording in city ordinances “prevails” or prevails over state laws.