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Old 06-07-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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Default U turn laws in AZ?

What is the law on U turns?
I've just moved here, getting different opinions from people about legality of u turns. Some people say it is legal as long as there is not a "No U turn" sign.

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Old 06-07-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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For questions like this, your best bet is the actual law and the MVD, rather than opinions on an internet forum.

http://mvd.azdot.gov/mvd/formsandpub...rmInfoKey=1420

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument....28&DocType=ARS
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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thanks, but I'd already found both of those resources and they do not provide a clear answer. A search of the manual only has two (unhelpful) references to U-turns.

The second one says where you cannot make a u turn. Does not say where you can, which just leaves it open to interpretation.

28-752. Limitations on turning around
A person shall not turn a vehicle to proceed in the opposite direction on a curve or on the approach to or near the crest of a grade if the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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thanks, but I'd already found both of those resources and they do not provide a clear answer. A search of the manual only has two (unhelpful) references to U-turns.
Well, it doesn't appear to be open to interpretation. Here's an excerpt of the relevant section immediately preceding the reference listed above.
28-751. Required position and method of turning
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn shall do so as follows:
3. The director or local authorities in their respective jurisdictions may cause markers, buttons or signs to be placed and may require and direct that a different course from that specified in this section be traveled by vehicles turning at an intersection. When markers, buttons or signs are so placed, a driver of a vehicle shall not turn a vehicle other than as directed and required by the markers, buttons or signs.
4. Two-way left turn lanes. If a special lane for making left turns by drivers proceeding in opposite directions has been indicated by official traffic control devices:
(b) A driver shall not drive a vehicle in the lane except if preparing for or making a left turn from or into the roadway or if preparing for or making a u-turn if otherwise permitted by law.
As long as you don't violate these laws (including the one listed previously), and the turn is safe, it's not prohibited unless there's a sign indicating "no U turn."
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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You can u-turn pretty much anywhere unless it's explicitly prohibited by a sign or creates a safety hazard. I remember reading something in the paper about it a few years ago. It's weird too, because you'll do it sometimes thinking "This should be illegal" but it's really not.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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You can make a U turn even when the traffic light is RED as long as you do not enter the intersection.
The only problem is that a lot of cops don't know the rule. But you can always beat the ticket if you get one.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Actually, when I was researching this last week I came across a post by a guy who did just that, got a ticket, and was trying to fight it.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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OK thanks for the responses. I guess it is safe to interpret the lack of information to mean that U-turns are generally allowed. I was expecting to find info in the driver's manual similar to what I found when I was in NY for a while. They clearly lay out guidelines regarding u-turns. Here is an excerpt:

[mod cut-- what is in the NY driver's manual is not germane to a discussion of Arizona traffic laws]

Last edited by observer53; 06-08-2011 at 11:52 AM..
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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U-turning right in front of an intersection would like fall under restricted per ARS 28-752: "if the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet." So if a vehicle has the right of way with the traffic signal in turning (right or left), they wouldn't be able to see you turning around in the middle of the intersection.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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I was at an intersection today when I decided to make a u turn. I was on a divided road with two lanes in each direction. When my light turned green and I was about to make the u turn, I noticed that in the road to my left there was a car stopped, turn signal on, preparing to make a right on red, which would put both of us in the same lane at the same time. So I decided to wait until they had completed their move. The driver was a bit sheepish, was waiting and looking even though the road was clear for her right on red. And she was completely unaware of me and my intention to u turn.

The car behind me did not know I why I was waiting, thinking I was only going to make a left turn, and blew their horn at me. I just made the regular left, rather than push the situation.

Would I have been within my rights (and within the bounds of common courtesy) to wait there until that car had made its right on red?

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