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August 31, 2020 - Changing Lanes at a Stoplight

Posted on September 8, 2020 at 8:20 AM by Kate Berg

August 31, 2020
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Q: If a person is on a regular lane (through lane) and is at a stop light, and they decide to turn left, using the turning signal and there are no cars on the turning lane, and they cross a solid white line is it against the law? Words "You Ask; We Answer; Submit your questions to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us" with
A: Thank you for your question; the driving behavior you are describing is called “Change of Course," in which you had intended to proceed through the intersection and now wish to make a left turn from the left-through lane.
Minnesota statute 169.19, Turning, Starting and Signaling, Subdivision 4 states, No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in proper position upon the roadway as required in this section (169.19).
If you find yourself in this position, the proper thing to do is to proceed when the through signal is green, and locate a proper area to turn around, coming back to your desired turn.
1. Minnesota Statute 169.19, Turning, Starting and Signaling. Located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.19
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