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Posted on: December 22, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Traffic Tip Tuesday: Turn Signals

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One of the biggest complaints about drivers in any city is that turn signals are under used or not used at all. A study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) revealed that turn signal neglect is causing millions of crashes per year and may be more dangerous than distracted driving.
Every motor vehicle operated on the highways, are required to have operable signal lamps. Failure to use appropriate turn signals could result in a citation costing you $20. North Dakota law and Bismarck City ordinance requires the use of turn signals: “No person may turn a vehicle or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety without giving an appropriate signal…” (NDCC 39-10-38.1) (Bismarck City Ordinance 12-06-07). Bismarck Police have issued 169 citations so far in 2015 for Turning Movements/Signals.
An easy way to avoid accidents on the road is by simply using turn signals. Turn signals are vital to obey the rules of the road. Many accidents could easily be avoided if turn signals were used more often. Drivers underestimate the power of turn signals. They are essential for letting drivers know the direction a car wants to go. A turn signal allows others to determine what they should be doing with their car, in relation to the other cars on the road. Turn signals are the only predictor of where a car wants to go.
When making any turn, you should check both ways for traffic and pedestrians. You must also signal continuously for the last 100 feet before the turn. Whether it’s turning into a parking lot, switching lanes on the highway, or pulling out of a side street, when a driver uses their turn signal, they are allowing others to know their desired path. Using turn signals is especially crucial in order to avoid crashes on the highway, since cars are moving at a fast velocity and could cause a serious crash if they neglect to use their turn signals.

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