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Old 07-24-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: DFW
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In Texas, I wasn't aware of this law where the cars getting off of a highway offramp has the right of way when merging onto a service road even if you're in the lane opposite from the lane receiving the merging traffic.. and even if there's no "yield sign".

I've had a license in California and Michigan before and I don't think either state had a law like this. In California, if they want traffic on the service road to yield to traffic merging off of a ramp, they'll explicitly put up yield signs. And in Michigan (at least the Detroit area), there are often STOP signs that force vehicles on the service road to stop before approaching traffic merging off of a freeway.

What are other examples of somewhat strange or unique traffic laws in your state that many out of state folks don't seem to be aware of and cause problems, accidents, close calls, etc. relatively frequently?
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:29 PM
 
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In Los Angeles, the traffic reminds one of back home (think Karachi, Pakistan).
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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In the Pittsburgh PA area, if a driver (or a line of cars) wants to turn left at a busy intersection but cannot do so because of the heavy oncoming traffic, then the first driver in the line is allowed to finally turn left hust after his light turns red and the oncoming traffic has stopped.

Also, some states like New Jersey and Michigan have a road design in many places called a "jug handle". Google "jug handle" on Wikipedia.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Is California the only state with lane-splitting? I almost hit a motorcyclist one day switching lanes, but luckily didn't. Only later did I find out that I could have been held liable because in Cali it's totally legal for a cyclist to ride the white dotted line between two lanes of cars.
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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That is correct. You can be liable by not looking for cyclists. I also have witnessed many CHP patrol cars actually move over to allow a cyclist more room. That says it all.

As for other States, not sure, but I don't think any other States have regulations on this. EDIT: CA is the only State that this is entirely legal.

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Old 07-25-2017, 07:49 AM
 
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In NY (state) and California one is allowed to turn right when the light is red. But in NYC one is not allowed to do so.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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In NY (state) and California one is allowed to turn right when the light is red. But in NYC one is not allowed to do so.
in Washington you can turn right on a red light too even if it's a red arrow, you just have to make a full stop first. The only time that you can't do this is if there is a sign that explicitly says that you can't turn right on a red light.
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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"Michigan Left"

Here's a tutorial I found shortly after moving here:


It's a bit exaggerated, but not entirely inaccurate.
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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In NY (state) and California one is allowed to turn right when the light is red. But in NYC one is not allowed to do so.
You can turn right on red pretty much everywhere in the US/Canada except for NYC and Montreal, unless of course there's a No Turn on Red sign.
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:28 AM
 
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"Michigan Left"

Here's a tutorial I found shortly after moving here:


It's a bit exaggerated, but not entirely inaccurate.
THAT was funny. I was going to say the Michigan left but you beat me to it. It definitely confounds out of state drivers daily (among other things unique to Michigan).
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